Event: Giles Bergel presents “From Copperplate to TeX: Annotating the Material Text”

October 16, 2007 at 9:10 pm

Friday, June 1st, 2007

12:00 PM

South Hall 2509

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Textual scholarship is reorienting itself around competing discourses of the material text and the digital edition, the one insisting on the irreducible materiality of the artefactual text, the other attesting to what might be called the transcriptionality of text – its ability to survive many remediations and copyings, regardless of its form of origin or mode of transcription. This paper will explore the materiality and transcriptionality of two writing technologies – copperplate engraving, originating in early-modern print culture; and TeX, a digital typesetting system originating in the late twentieth century. It will show how each technology instantiates its own materiality while facilitating transcription, and will propose that annotation – defined as the non-destructive markup of text or a surrogate – offers some practical solutions to the competing claims of a curatorial and an editorial scholarly practice.

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