Intro to Digital Scholarly Editing (2019)


Convened by: Dr Christopher Ohge

Guest tutors: Simona Stoyanova (Institute of Classical Studies, LatinNow Project), Jonathan Blaney (Institute for Historical Research), Jessica Dalton (St Andrews)

Venue: IHR Training Room 318, Senate House (North Block, 3rd Floor), University of London

This course will survey the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, complemented with training on the fundamentals of creating digital editions. It aims to provide an understanding of the history of editorial practice, including the study of manuscripts, the theory of copy text editing, and the decisions relating to textual and contextual apparatus that inform the design of an edition. Students will focus on encoding documents in XML using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI). Students will also learn about Markdown, HTML, CSS, alternative markup languages (such as LMNL), and how to incorporate digital facsimiles into editions using the TextLab editing tool. Students will also have the opportunity to examine rare books and manuscripts in the Senate House Library’s Special Collections.

Please note: No prior experience with programming is required. If you have experience with TEI-XML, you may want to consider taking the Digital Scholarly Editing: Advanced Methods module, which runs from 1–5 July 2019.

Follow the schedule below, which includes links to the individual days, or navigate to the appropriate day at the top of the page.


(Please note that I will hold office hours in Room 242, Senate House (South Block), for further consultation from 16.00–17.30)

Day 1 (Monday, 24 June)

Time Topic Type
12.30 Registration  
13.00 Senate House Library Talk Presentation
14.00 Seminar 1: Brief history of Scholarly Editing; Digital Editing Workflow Presentation, Discussion
16.00 Seminar 2: Transcription and Markup Languages (Markdown, HTML, CSS); Brief Introduction to XML Digital lab

Day 2 (Tuesday, 25 June)

Time Topic Type
9.30 Seminar 3: Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) Presentation, Discussion
11.30 Seminar 4: Editing the Classics (Simona Stoyanova) Digital lab
14.00 Seminar 5: Using TEI for documentary prose editions: letters and journals Discussion
16.00 Library Time  

Day 3 (Wednesday, 26 June)

Time Topic Type  
9.30 Seminar 6: Editing Early Modern Texts; EEBO and the Text Creation Partnership (Jonathan Blaney) Presentation, Discussion  
11.30 Seminar 7: Eclectic/clear text editing; Critical Apparatus Digital lab  
14.00 (in Senate House Library Special Collections) Seminar 8: Discussion of textual problems with rare books and manuscripts; encoding fiction, drama, poems––and marginalia? Discussion; Digital lab  
  16.00 Library time  

Day 4 (Thursday, 27 June)

Time Topic Type
9.30 Seminar 9: Thinking about, writing, and encoding textual apparatus and annotation Presentation, Discussion
11.30 Seminar 10: Intro to genetic criticism, social text editing, fluid text editing with TextLab Presentation
14.00 Seminar 11: Continue with TextLab exercise Digital lab
15.30 Digital Approaches to Book History: A USTC demo (Jessica Dalton) Presentation
16.30 Library Time  

Day 5 (Friday, 28 June)

Time Topic Type
9.30 Seminar 12: Problems with TEI; computer-assisted collation overview Presentation, discussion
11.30 Seminar 13: Publishing digital editions; course review Discussion


Burnard, Lou. What is the Text Encoding Initiative? (Open Edition, 2014).

Gabler, Hans Walter. Text Genetics in Literary Modernism and Other Essays [especially “Theorizing the Digital Scholarly Edition”] (Open Book, 2018).

Gaskell, Philip. From Writer to Reader: Studies in Editorial Method (Oak Knoll, 1978).

Gottesman, Ronald and Scott Bennett, eds. Art and Error: Modern Textual Editing (Methuen, 1970).

Greetham, David. Scholarly Editing: A Guide to Research (New York: MLA, 1995).

McGann, Jerome. A Critique of Modern Textual Criticism (UP of Virginia, 1983).

Pierazzo, Elena. Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories, Models and Methods (Ashgate, 2015).

Tanselle, G. Thomas. “The Editing of Historical Documents,” Studies in Bibliography 31 (1978), pp. 1–56.

This project is maintained by cmohge1