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Humanist Archives: Aug. 12, 2019, 6:17 a.m. Humanist 33.178 - yellow stickies inside the head

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 178.
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        Date: 2019-08-11 21:11:37+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.174: yellow stickies

Since Francois, inspired by a statement in "Queer Phenomenology", "had fun
imagining what objects surround digital humanists in their work spaces", my
thoughts was going from outside to inside the heads of digital humanists at
work. A remarkably new approach in the field of scholarly editing of literary
works was just pubished by Paul Eggert in the new volume of ESTS's Variants
(cf.Humanist 33.131-2 [Variants 14]): In the activities of editing scholars,
says Eggert, are  potentially involved two opposite 'impulses', and he proposes
to span a horizontal scroll-bar from the left ("archival impulse") to the right
("editorial impulse"). In this model, he argues, for each mix of these impulses
in a given editorial effort can be determined a certain slider-position. If I
understand the model correctly, for Pasley's critical edition of Kafka's
"Proze" the slider is to be placed widely to the right side while the
alternative facs&trascript edition by Reuss/Staengle holds an extreme leftist
position. Somewhere around the mid-point I wuold see Gabler's "Ulysses" and the
newly presented difital FaustEdition (with a combination of archival
representations in two parts of the web-site - "Archiv" & "Genese" - and a
reading text in the third).

In contrast to Sahle's conceptualization of digital editions who takes *all*
types as representational, Eggert sees only on the left side of the scroll-bar
re-presentations which will document extant text forms witnessing textual
transmission while on the other side 'editorial' editions (the 'true' editions?)
were to be taken as presentations: of *new* textual forms not extant before
the actual critical editorial effort. The notational consequence of such a
psychological approach: to differentiate between more or less 'archival' or
'editorial' editions - sounds a bit strange. Furthermore I would deny any real
sense in the use of the notion "archive" in a discussion about editors; editions
have to bring multiplied texts in actual use, archives hold (normally
unpublished, in most cases unique) out-of-use documents accessible on demand,
libraries preserve published materials, normally one copie out of a printing

 But the proposal to differentiate presentational and re-presentational efforts
is inspiring. Maybe the diversity of editorial efforts could be theorized along
Aristotle's three-partitioning of rhetorial orientations (to the past, the
present, the future : forensic, epideictic, deliberative rhetoric; analogously
1. stemmatic and genetic  analyses, 2. documentary editing (facs&transript), 3.
constitution of reading texts)

Coming back to the mind-states of editing wo/men: I suppose that the shift of
attention from the will of the author to the will of the editor is not really
welcome. Or would someone go further on, from impulses to drives, from
psychology to Psycho-analyses? Asking about the drive to power behind
the impulse to dominate the editorial discourse on canonized literary works, to
establish a canonical form for such a work... Thatts a very wide field including
anal fixations and order obsessions...

And not at least were to remember the motto-like fictive Alfieri/Gozzi
questtions: "E la fama?"/"E la fame?" (Georg Buechner, "Leonce und Lena"; surely
inspired by Georges Sand, as Fellrath has stated.) I see just a second scroll-
bar: from the bottom ("fame") to the on top ("fama"). But I forgot the division
of labour between editors on top and the paid helpers (markup included). Forget
the vertical scroll-bar!

Greetings, Herbert

----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung-----
>  Date: 2019-08-08 21:56:17+00:00
>  From: Dr. Herbert Wender 
>  Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.169: yellow stickies?

Not to forget all those instruments of torture-pleasure in the queery backrooms
of electronically enhanced intellectuaism: I beware in the souterrain of our
house an IMSAI (CP/M on Intel 8086) filling the half of a desk, a portable
KAYPRO II, two ATARI (one with external hard-drive), a full-equiped NEXT-Station
and some wracked MS-PCs. Probably the messy collection says something about my
mind but I hope that this doesn't infect my postings ;-)


-----Ursprüngliche Mitteilung-----
> Date: 2019-08-07 00:46:41+00:00
> From: Francois Lachance 
> Subject: Is there a yellow sticky in the corner of your screen?


I have had fun imagining what objects surround digital humanists in their
work spaces after reading Sara Ahmed quote, in Queer Phenomenology, Diana

the theatre of composition is not an empty space but a place animated by
artifacts, momentos, machines, books, and furniture that frame any
intellectual labour. (2004, The Sense of an Interior: Four Writers and the
Rooms that Shaped Them)

Francois Lachance

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