12.0261 new on WWW: Anthro Today; Blake Archive update

Humanist Discussion Group (humanist@kcl.ac.uk)
Fri, 16 Oct 1998 22:05:34 +0100 (BST)

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 12, No. 261.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London

[1] From: David Zeitlyn <D.Zeitlyn@ukc.ac.uk> (18)
Subject: New AT Guest editorial now available via RAI website

[2] From: Matt Kirschenbaum (60)
Subject: Blake Archive's October Update

Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 13:07:02 +0100
From: David Zeitlyn <D.Zeitlyn@ukc.ac.uk>
Subject: New AT Guest editorial now available via RAI website

The October 1998 Anthropology Today Guest editorial
by KENNETH MADDOCK "The dubious pleasures of commitment" is now available
via RAI website

Other RAI pages have also been updated
yours sincerely
david z

Dr David Zeitlyn,
Senior Lecturer in Social Anthropology,
Centre for Social Anthropology and Computing,
Department of Anthropology,
Eliot College, The University of Kent,
CT2 7NS, UK.
Tel. (44) 1227 764000 -Extn 3360 (or 823360 direct)
Fax (44) 1227 827289

Date: Thu, 15 Oct 1998 23:04:51 -0400 (EDT)
From: Matt Kirschenbaum <mgk3k@jefferson.village.virginia.edu>
Subject: Blake Archive's October Update

The latest news of work completed here at the Blake Archive. Apologies for
cross-posting. Please forward as appropriate. Matt


16 October 1998

The editors of the William Blake Archive <http://www.iath.virginia.edu/blake> are pleased to announce the publication of four new electronic editions of Blake's illuminated books. They are:

_The Ghost of Abel_ copy A (The Library of Congress)

_On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil_ copies B (The Fitzwilliam Museum) and F (The Pierpont Morgan Library)

_Laocoon_ copy B (collection of Robert N. Essick)

These three works are Blake's final illuminated books, their composition dateable between 1822 (_The Ghost of Abel_, _On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil_) and c. 1826-27 (_Laocoon_). In the words of Sir Geoffrey Keynes, they offer Blake's "Last Testament" on subjects ranging from aesthetic theory to political economy, from forgiveness to apocalyptic judgment. A drama in miniature, _The Ghost of Abel_ addresses "Lord Byron in the Wilderness" (plate 1) and, more specifically, the issues of vengeance and forgiveness raised by Byron's _Cain: A Mystery_ (1821). The broadsheet _On Homers Poetry [and] On Virgil_ challenges these representative figures of classical learning, with special emphasis on concepts of unity as an artistic ideal, identity, and the destructive consequences of imperialism. There are five copies extant for each of these works, which, like most of Blake's illuminated books, were produced in relief etching; the _Laocoon_ plate, which is an intaglio etching/engraving, is extant in two copies. Through a careful representation and restoration of the famous Hellenistic sculptural group, Blake attempts to return the _Laocoon_ to its supposed Hebraic origins and its allegorical meanings, revealed by the terse yet intellectually expansive texts with which Blake surrounds the central image.

All of these editions have newly edited SGML-encoded texts and are all fully searchable for both text and images and supported by the unique Inote and ImageSizer applications described in our previous updates. We now have twenty-six copies of sixteen illuminated books in the Archive. Late this year and early in the next, we will add _Milton_ copy D and _Jerusalem_ copy E. We will also be adding at least six more copies of _Songs of Innocence and of Experience_, two copies of _Songs of Innocence_, five copies of _The Marriage of Heaven and Hell_, four copies of _The Book of Urizen_, and two copies each of _America, a Prophecy_ and _Europe, a Prophecy_. In addition, by the end of 1998 we will provide a fully-searchable SGML edition of David V. Erdman's _Complete Poetry and Prose of William Blake_.

In the coming weeks we will also be opening a brand-new wing of the Archive, consisting of an extensive array of supporting materials: an updated and expanded Plan of the Archive, a statement of Editorial Principles and Methodology, a summary of the Archive's technical design and implementation, a list of Frequently Asked Questions, an in-depth illustrated Tour highlighting the Archive's features and some ways to use its resources, and more. Our hope is that these extensive documentary materials will prove valuable both to our own growing user community as well as to scholars interested in the theory and practice of electronic editing more generally. We will make a separate announcement when these materials are available on the site.

Finally, on our recently opened Contributing Collections page, we plan to begin adding color-coded and linked lists of each institution's entire Blake collection to indicate what is and is not in the Archive and what is forthcoming. In addition to providing a convenient index of the scope and contents of the Archive, these lists should also be useful to scholars in planning research trips.

Morris Eaves, Robert Essick, Joseph Viscomi

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