General:Editing Modernism in Canada



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Name: Dean Irvine


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Role: professor, editor, project director, collaborator, principal investigator, co-applicant, partner, writer of grant applications, runner and perpetual runner-up

Institution: Dalhousie University

Field of Study/Creative Endeavor: Canadian literature, modernism, leftism, editing


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I am the director of the Editing Modernism in Canada project, director and English-language editor of the Canadian Literature Collection at the University of Ottawa Press, editor of scholarly editions, and theorist of editions in new media.


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Editing Modernism in Canada. EMiC is primarily directed toward the production of critically edited texts by modernist Canadian authors.


EMiC will host on its website a hypermedia archive for the construction of digital editions. This initiative of our project has two main goals: (1) to produce a model for the digital representation of Canadian modernist literary texts; (2) to design and implement a fully searchable database and archive of TEI-compliant digital editions that will house hundreds of texts by Canada’s modernist authors. This is the project that I'm working on with Meagan Timney, our EMiC postdoc at UVic. The collaborative initiative between Library and Archives Canada and EMiC will see the digitization of the LAC's modernist archives and their dissemination as part of the hypermedia archive on the EMiC website. We started this summer with a pilot project on the P.K. Page fonds. In partnership with Library and Archives Canada, the EMiC hypermedia archive will undertake the mass digitization of its fonds of modernist authors, beginning with the literary papers of P.K. Page (followed by F.R. Scott, Miriam Waddington, Patrick Anderson, Louis Dudek, Morley Callaghan, John Glassco, Elizabeth Smart, among many others); this new EMiC partner project will allow us to link to manuscript and typescript versions of published texts as well as previously unpublished texts, correspondence, and other archival materials. The hypermedia archive is not intended to replace the need for critically edited versions of modernist texts, nor is it designed to reproduce texts currently in print; it is, rather, a digital supplement to the corpus of critical editions already in production by EMiC editors and an archive of raw materials for the production of additional print and digital editions by graduate students, postdocs, and faculty. This is where Meagan Timney and Martin Holmes's collaboration on the Image Markup Tool (IMT) and publication engine will enter into the project. Once we have the raw materials digitized, EMiC participants will be able to start using these collaborative editing and publication tools to do the markup on the digitized images of the texts.

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Scope: As long as we can continue to find interested partners and funding, I really don't see when and where this project stops. Not in my lifetime.

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Timeline: 1890-1960

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* Aggregate
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* Publish
* Archive/Preserve
* Share
* Visualize
* Map
* Historicize
* Edit
* Network
* Collaborate
* Integrated History of Women's Writing in Canada
* Orlando

Keywords: annotate; publish; archive; visualize; historicize; edit; network; digitize

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Related Stories: Story:VisualizingSocialNetworks See also visualization: EMiC

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Related Tools: Image Markup Tool (IMT); Text Image Linking Environment (TILE); Edition Production and Presentation Technology (EPPT), Juxta, the Versioning Machine, the Collaborative Tagging Tool (CaTT), e-Laborate, TEXTvre, LORE, and TextGrid