11.216: Retiarius; 1997 Conference on Editorial Problems; Blake

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Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 216.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: Ross <scaife@pop.uky.edu> (36)
Subject: Retiarius

[2] From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk> (61)
Subject: 1997 Conference on Editorial Problems

[3] From: Matt Kirschenbaum (61)
Subject: update on the William Blake Archive

[4] From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu> (13)
Subject: Site Web / Website

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 08:01:07 +0100
From: Ross <scaife@pop.uky.edu>
Subject: Retiarius

Announcing RETIARIUS: An electronic journal devoted to the study of
post-antique Latin language and literature from the end of the Roman
empire to the present day.

Submissions are now invited.

Each issue of RETIARIUS will be published only in electronic form on the
World Wide Web. No hard copies will be issued. Readers, of course, may
print for themselves any part of RETIARIUS which especially interests
them. RETIARIUS will be published once a year.

Latin (simple, clear, grammatically correct Latin) is the required
language for all contributions.

Each issue of RETIARIUS will be divided into two parts. The first part
will be comprised of ‘creative’ writing in Latin: verses, essays,
short-stories. The second part will be exclusively devoted to the
philological study of post-antique Latin texts. For this part of the
journal we will consider articles on the linguistic and/or literary
features of medieval and modern Latin texts, critical editions of
shorter Neo-Latin works, articles proposing emendations, additions, or
other improvements to already published editions of post-antique Latin
works We will also consider book reviews, but we are not in a position
to send out new copies of books to potential contributors. Instead we
ask those interested to send us the texts of their reviews, which will
be considered according to the same criteria as other submissions.

An international editorial board will evaluate all submissions to
RETIARIUS. Among the editors are experts in Latin philology, with
specialities in the late antique, medieval, humanist and modern
periods. Also among the editors are several authors of non-academic
material in Latin.

For further details, see:
or contact Terry Tunberg (clatot@pop.uky.edu)

Date: Mon, 04 Aug 1997 12:40:44 +0100
From: Willard McCarty <Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk>
Subject: 1997 Conference on Editorial Problems

Problems in Editing for the Electronic Medium

7-9 November 1997
University College
University of Toronto


Convenors: Willard McCarty (Centre for Computing in the Humanities,
King's College London)
Fred Unwalla (Pontifical Institute of Mediaeval Studies,
University of Toronto)
Conference Co-ordinator: Jennifer Forbes (Centre for Medieval Studies, Toronto)

The Conference on Editorial Problems, founded in 1964, holds annual conferences
to examine methods of editing texts. Attendance usually consists of
approximately 60 to 100 professional academic editors, together with delegates
from publishing houses, granting agencies, and elsewhere. The invited
papers are collected into a Conference volume published in time for the
next Conference. Thirty-one volumes are now in print or in the Press, the most
recent volumes from the University of Toronto Press.

The objective of the 33rd annual Conference is to examine the practice of editing
as it is shaped by the electronic medium, and to explore the practicality
of the opportunities and the problems that come from their implementation. Papers from 7
invited speakers will be followed by a panel of Toronto scholars from a wide variety of
disciplines. The speakers are

Julia Flanders (Brown), "Data or Wisdom? Electronic editing,
empiricism, and the quantification of knowledge
John Lavagnino (Brown), "Access"
Jerome McGann (Virginia), "The Contradictory Imperatives of Eye and Mind"
Peter Robinson (De Montfort, Oxford), "The Canterbury Tales Project and
other electronic editions: where next?
Peter Shillingsburg (Mississippi), "The Dank Cellar of Electronic Texts"
C. M. Sperberg-McQueen (Illinois at Chicago), "Why You Should Not Teach
Your Edition How to Swim"
Kathryn Sutherland (Oxford), "The Real Presences of Texts"

The panelists are Andrew Hughes (Music), Alex Jones (Classics), Ian Lancashire
(English, panel chair), Keren Rice (Linguistics), Gary Shawver (Medieval
Studies), Jens Wollesen (Fine Art History), Russon Wooldridge (French).

Unlike previous Conferences, "Computing the Edition" will be published in two
versions: one on paper, for the volume from the University of Toronto Press, the
other designed for the electronic medium.

The number of attendees is strictly limited, so early registration is highly

Details about the 1997 Conference, including a registration form and information
on hotels and the amenities of Toronto may be found at the 1997 Conference Web
site, <http://www.chass.utoronto.ca/cep/1997.html>. Enquiries are welcome, to

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Dr. Willard McCarty, Senior Lecturer, King's College London
voice: +44 (0)171 873 2784 fax: +44 (0)171 873 5801
e-mail: Willard.McCarty@kcl.ac.uk

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 10:45:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk3k@faraday.clas.virginia.edu>
Subject: update on the William Blake Archive

The editors of the William Blake Archive -- Morris Eaves, Robert Essick,
and Joseph Viscomi -- are pleased to announce that The Book of Thel,
copy F, is now online in searchable form. This may seem a modest
achievement, given that this is one of Blake's shorter works, and that
its eight plates (with enlargements and accompanying transcriptions)
have already been available on the site since November of 1996. In
fact, however, this copy of The Book of Thel is a prototype for all
future works to be added to the Archive (both illuminated books and
other materials), and its appearance reflects the architecture and
objectives of the Archive as they have taken shape over many months of
development, testing, and refinement.

Unlike its previous version, and unlike the other illuminated books
currently available in the Archive, this copy of Thel has been tagged
using SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). SGML tagging offers
the Archive's users the opportunity to perform sophisticated searches,
either on the text of the plates, or, more remarkably, on the content of
their illustrations. Search results are retrieved and presented using
DynaWeb, a product of the Inso Corporation. The text and image searching
enabled by DynaWeb and the underlying SGML tagging is a powerful
demonstration of the potential of electronic resources in the

However, there's more. Users with Java-capable browsers can now make use
of Inote, Java-based software developed at the Institute for Advanced
Technology in the Humanities, to assist them in their study of the
Archive's visual materials. Users may employ Inote to examine editorial
annotations of a given image independently of a search, or else,
following a successful image search, Inote may be used to open the
image, zoomed to the specific area containing the object of the search,
together with the relevant editorial commentary. This is IATH's first
public implementation of Inote, and its release marks a major advance
for image-based electronic editing.

Users with Java-capable browsers can also take advantage of a second,
equally innovative Java program developed at IATH, the ImageSizer. This
is a feature that allows one to view Blake's plates and images at their
true size, reproducing the object's actual physical dimensions on the
screen, regardless of the resolution of a particular monitor; indeed,
users can calibrate this feature to consistently display the Archive's
images at whatever proportions they may wish.

Finally, the Archive's selective bibliography of criticism, reference
materials, and standard editions, with about 500 entries, is now
available. We hope to have the bibliography searchable by the end of the
summer. We also hope to have David V. Erdman's Complete Poetry and Prose
of William Blake online and searchable by that same time.

In the coming weeks and months we will turn our attention to placing
other illuminated books online in searchable form, following on the
model of The Book of Thel, copy F. We will begin with the other copies
of Thel (copies H and O), as well as copies of Visions of the Daughters
of Albion (copies C and J) now publicly available only in HTML -- thus
lacking any of the capabilities described above. We will then move on to
other books: All Religions are One (copy A), There is No Natural
Religion (copies C and L), The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (copy D),
America (copy E), Europe (copies B and E), The Song of Los (copies A and
B), The Book of Urizen (copy G), Songs of Innocence and of Experience
(copy Z), The Book of Ahania (copy A), and The Book of Los (copy A).

The Blake Archive is located at:


Please forward this announcement as appropriate.

Matthew Kirschenbaum, Project Manager
The William Blake Archive
Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities
University of Virginia, Charlottesville

Date: Mon, 4 Aug 1997 15:41:30 -0400 (EDT)
From: "David L. Gants" <dgants@parallel.park.uga.edu>
Subject: Site Web / Website

>> From: Benoit Melancon <melancon@tornade.ERE.UMontreal.CA>

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d'annoncer l'ouverture de son site web. On peut le consulter =E0 l'adresse
suivante :


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The Canadian Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies is proud to announce
that it now maintains its own website at the following URL :


Nous vous y attendons !
Come and visit !

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Beno=EEt Melan=E7on, webmestre/Webmaster

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