Close Reading 2/23/15 – 3/6/15

CLOSE Reading

Week 6:

Monday, February  23

  • Introduction: Close Reading module parameters and major assignment overview
    How we view mark up as act of extreme close reading- deconstructing and rebuilding text based on editorial decisions
    Analyzing data (text)
    Compiling prosopography (metadata about people, places, and events)
    Publishing an online edition of your transcribed and marked up diary entry + compiled class edition of diary excerpt

Bentham Project
First digital editions (not output of Transcribe Bentham, but these types of edition TB will contribute to)
Not Paul, But Jesus Vol. III. Doctrine     
Jane Austen’s Fiction Manuscripts
Shared resources
Importance of manuscript in understanding author’s development of text
Facsimile + transcription
Digital Thoreau
Scholarly and community-based approach to different forms of reading Walden
Fluid edition allows reader to compare different editions of text side-by-side. Click on text in either pane to see changes between them.
Women Writers Project
Presents full-text works of pre-Victorian women writers – outside of traditional canon
(NB: most works are subscription only – Bucknell has database subscription –
Searchable by author, date, title, genre;brand=wwo#!/view/adams.jews.xml  

Auchinleck Manuscript
Very early digital project – work completed in 2004
Medieval (1330s) document that includes religious works, a chronicle, etc.
Legend of Pope Gregory shows transcribed text, bibliographical info (click on book with “i”) and facsimile

Assignment for Wednesday:
Read Pierazzo article

Wednesday, February 25

  • Look at examples of TEI-based digital editions and archives (look at browser view, then code view)
  • Open Juxta Editions and start marking up person/place/time
  • name contains information about a person or organization.
    place contains information about a location
  • time contains a phrase defining a time of day in any format.
  • Here is the website for digital editions from last semester.  Use the source code from these pages to guide you in choices.

Friday, February 27

  • Continue mark up in Juxta Editions


Week 7:

Monday, March 2

  •  Introduction to Oxygen editing environment (download/install); each student opens their individual transcribed text file (.xml) in Oxygen, then pastes it into pre-built template as instructed.
  • We already have simple tags of person, place, time, now we can get more sophisticated
  • PHASE  1 Tagging parameters for class

event contains data relating to any kind of significant event associated with a person, place, or organization. <event>arrived</event>
object contains a word or phrase describing the type of object being referred to.
date contains a date in any format.
state contains a description of some status or quality attributed to a person, place, or organization often at some specific time or for a specific date range.
trait contains a description of some status or quality attributed to a person, place, or organization typically, but not necessarily, independent of the volition or action of the holder and usually not at some specific time or for a specific date range.

Wednesday, March  4

  •  PHASE 2 Tagging parameters for class -Tag                         Element                                                            Associated Attributes
    name <persName>Some Name</persName> <roleName>Title or Rank</roleName> <affiliation>National identity or religion or club</affiliation> can include type=“” and n=“”
    place <placeName>Some Place</placeName> can include type=“” and n=“”
    event <name type=“[pre-defined event category]”>Some Event</name> can include n=“”
    object <objectType>Some object can include n=“”
    date <date>Some day or date</date> can include a number of elements that are specific or general
    time <time>Some Time</tim> can include a number of elements that are specific or general
    state <state>some time-related status or quality</state> can include type=“” must nest <desc></desc>
    trait <trait>some  ongoing status or quality</trait> can include type=“” must nest <desc></desc>
    language <lang>Some Language</lang> can include n=“”
    affiliation <affiliation>Some Affiliation</affiliation> can include n=“n”

    Expand markup & develop prosopography for digital edition use

    Rely on TEI Guidelines for clarification

  • Consider how our thought process changes when we think about terms while adding an attribute to a tag (e.g. <placeName type=”church” n=”St. Paul’s Cathedral”>) Make list of applicable attribute types and how granular we can get with place names and person names.TEI

Friday, March 6

Review and refine the early prosopography that students have developed.

Google form is at

Consolidate information that appears multiple times, begin to fill in more details based on in-class collaboration and examination of historical records

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