11.0733 lecture at NYU

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Tue, 5 May 1998 16:46:48 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 11, No. 733.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

Date: Mon, 4 May 98 21:10:01 EDT
From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu>
Subject: NEACN: Jack Lynch 8 May

From: Heyward Ehrlich <ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu>

New York University's Academic Computing Facility (ACF)
and the
Northeast Association for Computing and Humanities NEACH)

invite you to hear a talk on Friday, May 8, 1998

at 2:00 pm in Room 109, Warren Weaver Building,

West 4th and Mercer Streets, New York City

Jack Lynch, The University of Pennsylvania

_Frankenstein_: The Pennsylvania Electronic Edition


Futurists have a habit of dealing in abstractions, and many
discussions of electronic textuality therefore make tentative
speculations or grand promises about how the world will be
transformed by various technologies of the word. This talk
will be concerned not with technology's promises, but with
the nitty-gritty side of a very large hypertext project
nearing completion, the Pennsylvania Electronic Edition of
Mary Shelley's _Frankenstein_, edited by Stuart

The talk will focus on the practical considerations that have
gone into creating one of the largest literary hypertexts yet
created -- the two hundred pages of the novel are situated in
over twenty thousand pages of commentary. A demonstration of
the project will accompany the discussion of the design
decisions, from choice of copytext to choice of software, and
we'll address the compromises demanded by the current state
of the technology. The emphasis will be not on what
electronic textuality may do down the road, but on the (often
unexpected) implications of an actual large-scale hypertext.


Jack Lynch is an eighteenth century special in the English
department of the University of Pennsylvania. His web site,
"Literary Resources of the Net" is one of the best known in
its field <http://dept.english.upenn.edu/~jlynch/Lit/>.


All faculty, staff, students , and members of the public are welcome.
At the conclusion of Jack Lynch's talk, there will be an open
reception with refreshments.


Lorna M. Hughes E-mail: Lorna.Hughes@NYU.EDU

Assistant Director for Humanities Computing Phone: (212) 998 3070
Academic Computing Facility Fax: (212) 995 4120
New York University
251 Mercer Street
New York, NY 10012-1185, USA


Heyward Ehrlich E-mail: ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu
President, NEACH


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