DigLitWeb: Digital Literature Web

A for Archives

This survey contains hyperlinks to research centres that have been producing electronic editions and archives. Some of the selected projects were pioneers in setting a new rationale and new standards for online electronic editing. The Rossetti Archive (1993-2008) and The William Blake Archive (1996-) are outstanding examples of early attempts at re-imagining literary and artistic works for a networked electronic space. This section contains at least two or three significant projects for each of the major historical periods: medieval, Renaissance and seventeenth century, eighteenth century, Romantic, Victorian, modernist, and postmodernist. Although many indexed projects have been (or are being) produced institutionally – especially in universities and libraries in the United States, Canada, and the United Kingdom –, there are also individual sites of very high standards.

Electronic editing of our textual heritage seems to change in significant ways our representation of the literary past, as well as certain reading practices associated with the technological and institutional paradigm of the printed book. In addition, digitisation of texts and images implies that textual criticism has to engage with electronic textuality itself. This means reconceptualizing organizational structures according to hypertext tools, to the plasticity and iconicity of pixels, and to specific markup languages. The remediation of print in this new medium takes place at the level of writing and reading both as networks of semiotic and hermeneutic protocols, and as networks of technical, social, and economic contexts. The aim of this survey is to index, chart, and understand ongoing changes, and to see how we can use electronic texts for reading, learning, teaching, and research. Some of the selected archives, editions, and sites will be examined in critical essays, which are published in the section E for Essays. This section contains the following webpages:


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1. Centres: identifies institutions engaged in developing digital humanities, with an emphasis on digital public libraries and also on centres committed to the design and production of electronic editions and archives.   2. Projects: identifies specific online editions and archives devoted to periods, genres, authors, and works of literature in English. It includes a brief selection of electronic editions on CD-ROM (mostly projects of the 1990s). This webpage also contains a few links to archives of non-anglophone literature.   3. Metapages: contains a sample of websites and webpages that index relevant sources in the field of English and American Studies.


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