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General Announcements

Edizioni e testi “born digital”: problemi di metodo e prospettive di lavoro

«The first missing aspect is that, up to now, almost without exception, no scholarly electronic edition has presented material which could not have been presented in book form, nor indeed presented this material in a manner significantly different from that which could have been managed in print». (P. ROBINSON, Where We Are with Electronic Scholarly Editions, and Where We  Want to Be).

Ancora una dozzina di anni fa, un pioniere delle digital humanities come Peter Robinson poteva sostenere che la maggioranza delle edizioni scientifiche digitali non esprimevano contenuti né soluzioni metodologiche sostanzialmente diversi dai loro equivalenti cartacei. Grazie al continuo progresso delle tecniche di codifica dei testi e della progettazione web, tuttavia, le frontiere attuali delle digital scholarly editions portano gli studiosi a elaborare soluzioni editoriali sempre più svincolate dai parametri e criteri della tradizionale edizione critica, tanto nella costituzione del testo quanto nella rappresentazione delle varianti e dei materiali di partenza. Questo colloquio intende mettere a confronto alcuni dei principali esperti di filologia digitale (in vari campi della medievistica: letteratura mediolatina, romanza, germanica e italiana) per delineare le principali caratteristiche dell’edizione progettata e sviluppata su piattaforme digitali e le relative implicazioni di metodo, mettendole a confronto con i problemi posti dalla letteratura born digital e dalla conservazione dei relativi supporti.

Just over ten years ago, Peter Robinson – a true pioneer of digital humanities – pointed out that the majority of digital scholarly editions did not feature contents or methodological solutions that could not be expressed by traditional critical editions on paper. The rapid development of innovative solutions in markup languages and web design, however, has led digital scholarly editions to work more and more independently from the categories and criteria of their paper counterparts, in the establishment of text and in the storage and display of variants and documents. Inviting some of the most prominent expert in digital scholarly editions of various fields of Medieval studies (Mid-Latin, Romance, Germanic and Italian), this colloquium aims to outline the main methodological solutions shared by recent editions developed and based entirely on the web, with related philological and conservation issues posed by more recent “born digital” literature.

Calls for Work (Essays & Reviews)

27 August 2018

 The editors of Textual Cultures seek reviewers for the following works; reviews will be published in 12.2 (fall 2019):

Timothy Billings, ed. Cathay: A Critical Edition. Fordham University Press, 2018.

Gaël Saint-Cricq, Eglal Doss-Quinby and Samuel N. Rosenberg, eds. Motets from the Chansonnier de Noailles. A-R Editions, 2017.

Nicholas Frankel, ed. The Annotated Prison Writings of Oscar Wilde. Harvard University Press, 2018.

Matthew K. Gold and Lauren F. Klein, eds. Debates in the Digital Humanities. University of Minnesota Press, 2016. [A second volume will soon be out; reviewers would ideally take on both volumes.]

Please contact the Book Review editor, Logan Esdale (, if you are interested in reviewing one of these works.


1 June 2018

Dear Fellow Textuists,

I hope this message finds you well and settling into the summer.

As we move ahead with our plans for the first and second issues of the new series of Textual Cultures (12.1, 12.2), we are seeking reviewers for the following works:

Daniel Balderston, How Borges Wrote (University of Virginia Press, May 2018)

George Bornstein, ed. The Wild Swans at Coole [Facsimile edition] (Scribner, 2017).

Edward Burns, ed., Questioning Minds: The Letters of Guy Davenport and Hugh Kenner, vols 1 & 2. (Counterpoint Press, Oct. 2018) [Given the publication date, a review of this work will likely be reserved for Textual Cultures 12.2.]

Amy E. Earhart, Traces of the Old, Uses of the New: The Emergence of Digital Literary Studies (University of Michigan Press, 2015)

Markus Friedrich, The Birth of the Archive: A History of Knowledge (trans. John Noel Dillon) (University of Michigan Press, 2018).

Jerome McGann, ed. Blake; or, The Huts of America: A Corrected Edition (Harvard University Press, 2017)

Steven E. Jones, Roberto Busa, S.J., and the Emergence of Humanities Computing: The Priest and the Punched Cards. (Routledge, 2016).

If you are interested in reviewing one of these works—or another work you believe is of interest to the readers of this journal—please send a brief note of interest and a c.v. to me as soon as possible @ or

We welcome reviews in two formats: Essay Reviews (1750-2000 words); Short Reviews (750-1250 words). Please be sure to specify the review format you plan to follow.

As always, we’re keen to draw new scholars into the journal’s pages; so please feel free to write me with any questions about the journal you may have.

Thank you so much.


Marta Werner