Condensations and ExtensionsAleš Vaupotič
, Narvika Bovcon
, 2017, published scientific conference contribution abstract
Abstract: Every reading of a text follows a complex mechanism, which is outlined in phenomenological terms in Roman Ingarden's Das literarische Kunstwerk (1930) and later in reader-response criticism. Also Roland Barthes's explorations of intertextuality point in a similar direction of the text as heterogeneous and open texture. The complex mechanisms that allow the reader to gain meanings and construct represented objects etc. are scrutinized to emphasize the importance of the reader's collaboration in the readerly act and the transformations to the textual experience that depend on historical circumstances, on cultural and personal experience of the reader. Considering these critical traditions, any text is always interactive, an ad hoc construct, it comes to life only in contact with alien contexts whereby it virtually looses its supposed lasting identity. In Theorising the Digital Scholarly Edition (Literature Compass 7.2, 2010) Hans Walter Gabler attempts to provide a conceptual framework for a critical scholarly edition, a text genre which is supposed to preserve the original documents and the texts and/or works. However, Gabler rejects the ideology of preservation of memory in the »pure« form and argues for a relational and contextual idea of edition as a »knowledge site«. In addition, he states that the digital medium and the print medium can coexist since they serve different purposes, the printed edition is used for reading and the digital one for »use« and study purposes. The so-called old scholarly editions (pre-positivist) had a strong emphasis on the commentary, which added to the authorial function of the editor as the mediator between the vast textual archive and the receptive abilities of the addressee.
Text-edition as a dynamic and collaborative »knowledge site« is sometimes introduced by the characteristics of a particular text. Dora García's art project and video installation The Joycean Society (2013) documents with a video (53 min.) and by exhibiting artefacts the reading process of the mysterious Finnegan's Wake (1939) by James Joyce, the multiple readings within a single heterogeneous reading group of the same book for 30 years.
The second case study is the artist's book by a Slovenian net.artist Teo Spiller Znakovnost novih medijev (Semiotics of New Media, 2011). The printed illustrated pages are intended to be read in parallel with browsing the online versions of the art projects presented. Another key dimension of such book-projects is the swift change and disappearance of the on-line part of this plural reading-interface.
The third example considered are the projects by Jaka Želaznikar, a Slovene digital poet, that relate to the works of one of the main Slovenian poets Tomaž Šalamun (1941-2014). Among them Železnikar's on-line project Izbris Šalamun (Deletion Šalamun, 2015), which is an on-line edition of two poetry books by Šalamun, Letni čas (Season, 2010) and Ta, ki dviga tačko, spi (The one, who rises the paw, sleeps, 2015), enables the reader to selectively delete the words from poems. The text will examine the reader's reception of the poems in the printed version and in the on-line interface. In this case, too, the context of the edition will be considered (the link with the publishing house and the printed edition, the role in promotion activities of the on-line edition in respect to the printed one).
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Summary of found: ...its supposed lasting identity. In Theorising the Digital Scholarly Edition (Literature Compass 7.2, 2010) Hans... ...authorial function of the editor as the mediator between the vast textual archive and the...
Keywords: cybertext, digital media, electronic edition
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