Welcome to the London Rare Books School summer 2018 module on Digital Scholarly Editing (2-6 July). This week will be an intense look at the traditions and principles of scholarly editing and textual scholarship, coupled with an intensive bootcamp on the fundamentals of creating digital editions.

To access the folders of course materials online, go to

Course readings are either hyperlinked in the plan of each of day or downloadable at the GitHub repo. (Please save paper by reading these on your computer or tablet.)


  • Grasp of the history, principles, and techniques of scholarly editing.

  • Facility with transcribing documents in Markdown, HTML, and XML (using the standards of the Text Encoding Initiative).

  • The ability to make your own digital critical edition of a literary document.

  • Awareness of the problems and challenges of digital editions.


Day 1: Brief History of Scholarly Editing; Transcription and digital workflow.

Day 2: Documentary Editing; Introduction to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI).

Day 3: Eclectic editing; TEI continued.

Day 4: Genetic Criticism, Sociology of Text, and Fluid Text Editing; customising TEI.

Day 5: Alternative markup; Computer-assisted collation; Open discussion on publishing editions.

Detailed Schedule (Subject to Change)

(Please note that I will hold office hours in Room 242 for further consultation between 8.30–9.30 and 16.00–17.00)

Day 1 (Monday, 2 July)

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

Day 2 (Tuesday, 3 July)

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

Day 3 (Wednesday, 4 July)

Time Topic Type
9.30 Seminar 6: Eclectic/clear text editing; Critical Apparatus Presentation, Discussion
11.30 Seminar 7: Encoding critical apparatus in TEI Digital lab
14.00 (in SHL) Seminar 8: Editing a clear text: stories, essays and poems Discussion; Digital lab
16.00 Library Time  

Day 4 (Thursday, 5 July)

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 Digital lab
14.00 Seminar 11: Using TextLab to create manuscript-based genetic editions in TEI Digital lab
16.00 Library Time  

Day 5 (Friday, 6 July)

Time Topic Type
9.30 Seminar 12: Problems with TEI; alternative markup with LMNL; Computer-Assisted Collation Overview; Quick introduction to XPath and XSLT Presentation, Digital lab
11.30 Seminar 13: Open discussion on publishing digital editions; course review Discussion

Course Reading list

(Other shorter readings will be found on the course github repository and linked to their corresponding day plan.)

Bryant, John. The Fluid Text. U Michigan P, 2002.

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 (Indiana UP, 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).

––––. A New Republic of Letters (Harvard UP, 2014).

Parker, Hershel. Flawed Texts and Verbal Icons (Northwestern UP, 1984).

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

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

––––. Digital Scholarly Editing: Theories and Practices (Open Book, 2016).