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Daniel Apollon and Claire Belisle

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780252038402

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252038402.001.0001

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The Digital Turn in Textual Scholarship

The Digital Turn in Textual Scholarship

Historical and Typological Perspectives

(p.35) 1. The Digital Turn in Textual Scholarship
Digital Critical Editions

Odd Einar Haugen

Daniel Apollon

University of Illinois Press

This chapter presents a historical overview of critical editions since the nineteenth century from three angles: a historic perspective, a contextualizing perspective, and an intrinsic perspective. The historical perspective is based on the development of Karl Lachmann and Gaston Paris, who have introduced a rigorous form coupled with a logical approach that is still present in “philological science,” and includes the first tryouts in using computers to improve, extend, and diffuse scholarly editions. Additionally, an overview of the evolution and the diffusion of the different paradigms and practices is developed by the authors. The chapter also addresses questions of content and authority.

Keywords:   critical editions, Karl Lachmann, Gaston Paris, philological science, logical approach, computers

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