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From: "Chela Metzger" <[log in to unmask]>
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Sent: Friday, December 13, 2002 11:57 AM
Subject: McGann article in Chronicle


> Interesting article on textual issues:
>
>  From the issue dated December 13, 2002
 http://chronicle.com/weekly/v49/i16/16b00701.htm
>
>
> Literary Scholarship in the Digital Future
> By JEROME J. McGANN
>
> Excerpt:
>
> "The development of editorial and archival projects in digital form is
now
> taking place and will proliferate. Departments of literary study have
> perhaps the greatest stake in these momentous events, and yet they are
--
in
> this country -- probably the least involved. (In England and in
Europe,
the
> situation is less dire, probably because philological traditions there
are
> more deeply grounded.) Here, the work is mostly being carried by
librarians
> and systems engineers. Many, perhaps most, of those people are smart,
> hardworking, and literate. Their digital skills and scholarship are
often
> outstanding. Few, however, have a strong grasp of the theory of texts.
It
> has been decades since library schools in this country required
courses in
> the history of the book. Does it shock those of you in literature
> departments to learn that? We aren't shocked at our own ignorance of
the
> history of language or the sociology of texts."
>
>
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