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English 814
The Hypertext Edition: Theory and Practice

Draft Schedule


— Seminars will be held in University College, Room 377. Classes highlighted in light blue will be
     held in the ITS lab in University College, Room 2 (in the basement).

— Hyperlinks to online resources and texts are marked in red below; other sources, except where
     indicated, are available in the D. B. Weldon Library.

September 14

Course Introduction
September 21
The Sociology of the (Hyper)Text


D. F. McKenzie, Bibliography and the Sociology of Texts. Cambridge; New York: Cambridge UP, 1999.

Jerome J. McGann, "The Rationale of Hypertext" Radiant Textuality Ch. 2 (53-74)

September 28

Introduction to Textual Criticism: Copytext and Version

W. W. Greg, "The Rationale of Copy-Text." Studies in Bibliography 3 (1950-51): 19-36.

McGann, A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (Rev. Ed., 1992) esp. Chs. 5, 6, and 7 (55-94)

Donald H. Reiman, “‘Versioning’: The Presentation of Multiple Texts.” Romantic Texts and Contexts. Columbia: University of Missouri Press, 1987. 167-80.

Greetham, Textual Scholarship Ch. 8 (295-346) (Optional)

October 5 Hypertext and Textual Criticism

Hockey, Susan. "Creating and Using Electronic Editions." The Literary Text in the Digital Age. Ed. Richard J. Finneran. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1996.

Ian Small, "Postmodernism and the End(s) of Editing." Editing the Text. Eds. Marysa Demoor, Geert Lernout, and Sylvia van Peteghem. (Tilburg: Tilburg UP, 1998) 35-43.

John Lavagnino, "Reading, Scholarship, and Hypertext Editions." TEXT 8 (1995): 109-124; Journal of Electronic Publishing 3:1 (1997).

C. M. Sperberg-McQueen, "Textual Criticism and the Text Encoding Initiative." [Paper delivered at the MLA meeting in San Diego, 1994].


Finneran, Richard J., ed. The Literary Text in the Digital Age. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1996.

October 12

Planning an Edition

Peter Shillingsburg, "General Principles for Electronic Scholarly Editions" [Paper distributed at the MLA meeting in Toronto, December 1993].

Modern Language Association of America, Committee on Scholarly Editions "Guidelines for Electronic Scholarly Editions" (1997)

Creating and Documenting Electronic Texts (AHDS; UK)


Bolter, Jay David. Writing Space: Computers, Hypertext, and the Remediation of Print. 2nd ed. Mahwah, N.J : Lawrence Erlbaum Associates, 2001. Note: The 2nd edition of this work is not available in Weldon, and must be ordered in advance through interlibrary loan.

October 19

Hypertext and Editorial Methodologies

Jon Bath, Corey Owen, and Peter Stoicheff. "The Editor in the Machine: Theoretical and Editorial Issues Raised By the Design of an HTML Literary Hypertext." Prufrock Papers (1999)

Paul Werstine, "Hypertext and Editorial Myth." Early Modern Literary Studies 3.3 (1998): 2.1-19.

Michael Best, "Afterward: Dressing Old Words New," Early Modern Literary Studies 3.3 (1998): 7.1-27.


Sutherland, Kathryn, ed. Electronic Text: Investigations in Method and Theory. Oxford: Clarendon, 1997.

October 26

Introduction to Markup Languages (Practicum)

HTML: A Simple Introduction
(U of Virginia)

Introduction to HTML (ITS - U of Western Ontario)

XML for Fun and Profit (U of Virginia)

November 2

HTML Basics (Practicum)

HTML: A Basic Helpsheet (U of Virginia)

A Beginner's Guide to HTML (NCSA - U of Illinois - OPTIONAL)

November 9

HTML Basics (cont'd) - Tables and Frames; HTML Tools (Practicum)


HTML IIa: Tables and Frames (U of Virginia)

November 16

HTML Basics (cont'd) - Stylesheets (Practicum)


Castro, XML for the World Wide Web (Part 5; p. 175-222)

Cascading Style Sheets (Web Design Group)

November 23
Enumerative and Descriptive Bibliography


Greetham, Textual Scholarship Chs. 1 & 4 (13-46, 153-68)

November 30

TExtual Criticism


Greetham, Textual Scholarship Ch. 9 (347-72)

Michael Groden, "Contemporary Textual and Literary Theory," Representing Modernist Texts. ed. George Bornstein. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1991. 259-86.


George P. Landow, Hypertext 2.0. Baltimore: Johns Hopkins UP, 1997.

December 7

Critical Bibliography and Annotation
(Guest Lecture: Professor Michael Groden)

Bruce E. Graver, "This Is Not a Hypertext: Scholarly Annotation and the Electronic Medium." Profession (1998): 172-78.

Michael Groden, "Problems of Annotation in a Digital Ulysses." Hypermedia Joyce Studies 4:2 (Dec, 2003-Jan. 2004).
——. "'James Joyce's Ulysses in Hypermedia': Problems of Annotation." (Hypertext version; Clemson University)


Barney, Stephen A. ed. Annotation and Its Texts. New York; Toronto: Oxford UP, 1991.

2nd Term

January 4

Textual Bibliography
Gaskell, New Introduction to Bibliography, "Textual Bibliography" (336-60)

Greetham, Textual Scholarship Ch. 7 (270-294) (Optional)


Oliphant, Dave and Robin Bradford, eds. New Directions in Textual Studies. Austin: U of Texas at Austin, 1990.

Keyboarded/scanned drafts of text(s) due
January 11

Mapping an Edition: Components

Greetham, Textual Scholarship Appendix II (383-417)

Toby Burrows, "Toward a Typology of the Electronic Text" [Paper presented at the Conference of the Bibliographical Society of Australia and New Zealand, Perth, October 1997].


Bornstein, George and Ralph G. Williams, eds. Palimpsest: Editorial Theory in the Humanities. Ann Arbor: U of Michigan P, 1993.

January 18

Interfaces - Frames, Links, Menus, Navbars, JavaScript (Practicum)
January 25

Graphics - Backgrounds, Illustrations, and Rollovers (Practicum)


HTML IIb: Image Maps (U of Virginia)

Image Scanning: A Helpsheet (U of Virginia)

February 1

(Guest Lecture: Alan Galey)


——. "Dialogue and Interpretation at the Interface of Man and Machine." Radiant Textuality Ch. 7 (193-207)


Landow, George P. and Paul Delany, eds. The Digital Word: Text-Based Computing in the Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 1993.

Prospectus due
February 8

Form and Meaning in Texts


D. F. McKenzie, "Typography and Meaning," in Giles Barber and Bernhard Fabian, eds., The Book and the Book Trade in Eighteenth-Century Europe (1981)

Jerome J. McGann, "Visible and Invisible Books in N-Dimensional Space." Radiant Textuality Ch. 6 (167-92)


Birkerts, Sven. The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age. Boston: Faber and Faber, 1994.

February 15

Introduction to XML and TEI (Practicum)

Castro, XML for the World Wide Web Intro & Pt 1 (11-32)

TEI's "A Gentle Guide to XML"

The Electronic Text Center Introduction to TEI and Guide to Document Preparation (U of Virginia)

Conference Week

March 1

TEI: Working with TEI-Emacs (Practicum)


XML Version of the TEI Guidelines (TEI P4)

List of Tags in the TEILITE.DTD - Electronic Text Center (U of Virginia)

Ian Lancashire, "Early Books, RET Encoding Guidelines, and the Trouble with SGML" (Paper delivered at the Electric Scriptorium Research Network, Calgary Institute for the Humanities, University of Calgary1995)

Essay due
March 8
TEI-Emacs (cont'd) (Practicum)

Castro, XML for the World Wide Web Pt 2 (35-65)

Syd Bauman and Terry Catapano. "TEI and the Encoding of the Physical Structure of Books." Computers and the Humanities 33.1-2 (1999): 113-27.

March 15

XSL Transformations (Practicum)

Castro, XML for the World Wide Web Pt 4 (135-173)

XML Standards Reference: XSLT (MSDN)

March 22

XSL Transformations (cont'd) (Practicum)
TEI-compliant XML file(s) due
March 29

April 5

April 25 Hypertext Edition Due


For a fuller explanation of the nature of these assignments, please see Assignment Guidelines.

1 Seminar (15%) -- Each student is responsible for one seminar presentation. Seminars will be scheduled for one of our non-practicum classes, and should relate to the subject under discussion for that class, either in a general or theoretical sense, or with particular reference to your own editing project. Seminars should be approximately a half hour in length. See Assignment Guidelines.

1 Book Review (5%) -- Each student is responsible for one oral book review. You are asked to prepare a one-page synopsis of your review to hand in at the time of the oral presentation. You will be asked to sign up for your two reviews at the commencement of the course. See Assignment Guidelines.

1 Short Review Essay (10%) -- This will be a brief (1000-1250 word) review essay based upon the oral book review (above). It is due 2 weeks after the delivery of the oral review. See Assignment Guidelines.

1 Hypertext Edition Review (5%) -- Each student is responsible for one oral review per term. You are asked to prepare a one-page synopsis of your review to hand in at the time of the oral presentation. You will be asked to sign up for your two reviews at the commencement of the course. See Assignment Guidelines.

Essay (25%) -- This essay should examine some aspect of the theoretical issues involved in the creation of a hypertext edition; you may, if you choose, focus upon your own project as a case study. See Assignment Guidelines.

Prospectus (5%) -- Your prospectus is a brief (1000-1500 word) description of your editorial project. For a description of its constituent parts, see Assignments. The prospectus must be looked over and signed by a faculty member in your chosen field prior to submission. See Assignment Guidelines.

Hypertext Edition (25%) See Assignment Guidelines.

Participation (10%)

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