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This short course on Digital Scholarly Editing will survey the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, complemented with training on the fundamentals of creating digital editions. It aims to provide an understanding of the history of editorial practice, including the study of manuscripts, the theory of copy text editing, and the decisions relating to textual and contextual apparatus that inform the design of an edition. We will focus on encoding documents in Markdown and in XML using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Students will also learn about HTML, CSS, and publishing options.

Scholarly editing involves various philosophical commitments, arguments, and interpretive strategies for organising and publishing texts and works. The aim of this short course is to combine the how of editing with the why, as well as the pragmatic functions of editions in the digital space, emphasising thinking tools, in addition to technological ones.

Courses fees are £175 (standard) and £100 (student).

Course Format and Schedule

The course consists of three sessions. Each session will involve a variety of asynchronous learning activities – video lectures, slideshows, visual aids, readings, quizzes, tutorials, and exercises. We will also have a discussion board for participants to post questions or reflections to the group. Materials for this part of the course will be released to students shortly before the course begins.

To complement the asynchronous activities, there will be three live 90-minute workshop-style seminar sessions on the afternoons of 17, 18, and 19 November. Each of the live sessions will be delivered over Zoom and will take place from 14.00-15.30 GMT. Students are expected to participate throughout the course, and should therefore ensure that their microphone (and ideally video) are working. Live sessions will not be recorded.

This short course is being run in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Research Hub.