Extracting Oneself from TEI: The Charles Harpur Critical Archive Lunchtime Lecture
Paul Eggert, Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies, Department of English
Wednesday, November 16th, 12:30-1:30 pm
Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities, 3rd Floor, Loyola Hall, Lakeshore Campus
The CHCA is a digital archive of, and will become a scholarly edition of, the poetic works of Charles Harpur (1813-1868), a Romantic celebrator of Australian landscape, political satirist, love poet and early environmentalist. Harpur and his works remain relevant today. But they are not easily accessible.
This is because Harpur was a prolific poet and an inveterate reviser. Extant today in manuscript, and in colonial newspaper and other printed forms, are more than 2,700 versions of his 685 works in verse, as well as the often fascinating prose notes he wrote for them. Most of these versions have never been published.
An account of the development of this project will be given, concentrating on the measures taken and tools developed as we have gradually learned that there are simpler ways to do what is needed than the technology generally taken as the humanities standard, TEI encoding.
Lunch will be served. Please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org to help us with a headcount and to let us know if you have any dietary restrictions.