This term, you’ll be creating and adding an e-text to the Literature in Context project, a database of TEI-formatted XML files, the goal of which is ultimately to make a collection of texts for students, teachers, and scholars to use in a variety of ways. You will be using the template I provide as a model to create your own addition to the database.
The project has several parts, and it requires great attention to detail as well as the ability to locate and incorporate relevant information about the text you’re working with. It also requires you to learn how to learn to do something you are unfamiliar with.
Each addition to the Literature in Context project has three components: page images from the first edition, a TEI-formatted XML file that contains the e-text itself, and explanatory annotations that flesh out the e-text for a college-level audience. To be useful, these page images and texts themselves must be of high calibre in visual quality, transcription, editing, and markup. This means you will be learning a bit about the logic and practice of textual editing, and especially editing in the digital realm, which is done using a digital markup syntax (TEI-formatted XML). You may also be learning how to take high-quality photographs for use in the project; contacting area libraries for information, access, and even--if possible--page images of the text you’re working with (sometimes, if you ask nicely, a library will make digital images for you!). I will provide models, as well as a TEI-XML template, and direction; but it will be your responsibility to ask questions, to do the legwork, and ultimately to complete a valid e-text for inclusion into the project.
Throughout the process, you will also have opportunities to help refine the template as you learn more about the markup syntax. You’ll also be preparing for a substantial reflection essay! So I will ask you to keep an online journal/blog of your experiences--frustrations, successes, attempts, questions, ideas, and more. Each journal/blog entry should be approximately 500 words in length. You can use this space to reflect on what you have done, describe/explain what you’re doing, ask questions about what you’re doing, meditate on ways to improve what you’re doing (or the project as a whole, of course!), consider how the various sources and secondary readings/materials intersect with what you’re doing, and so on. Your journal entries should be clearly written and detailed.
There are several steps to creating your e-text (general steps, which will be fleshed out in class meeting/discussion)