From Gutenberg to Google: Electronic Representations of Literary Texts

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Cambridge University Press, Aug 31, 2006 - Language Arts & Disciplines
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As technologies for electronic texts develop into ever more sophisticated engines for capturing different kinds of information, radical changes are underway in the way we write, transmit and read texts. In this thought-provoking work, Peter Shillingsburg considers the potentials and pitfalls, the enhancements and distortions, the achievements and inadequacies of electronic editions of literary texts. In tracing historical changes in the processes of composition, revision, production, distribution and reception, Shillingsburg reveals what is involved in the task of transferring texts from print to electronic media. He explores the potentials, some yet untapped, for electronic representations of printed works in ways that will make the electronic representation both more accurate and more rich than was ever possible with printed forms. However, he also keeps in mind the possible loss of the book as a material object and the negative consequences of technology.

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wordy work
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Manuscript book and text in the
Complexity endurance accessibility beauty
Script act theory
An electronic infrastructure for representing
shapes shaping reading
The dank cellar of electronic texts
Negotiating conflicting aims in
Hagiolatry cultural engineering
the subject
Ignorance in literary studies

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Peter L. Shillingsburg is Professor of English at De Montfort University, Leicester, UK.

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