This talk will show a new technical solution to an abiding problem: presenting a large body of literary works in multiple versions. It has been trialled in the Charles Harpur Critical Archive due to be published in June.
Harpur’s work in New South Wales in the mid-19th century makes a perfect case study of the technology. His verses made 900 appearances in the press, but publishing opportunities for him other than in newspapers were almost non-existent. A digital solution addresses the textual problems that defeated the attempts to capture the full range of his poetic achievement in book form.
Dr Paul Eggert is the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Professor of Textual Studies at Loyola University Chicago and former president of the Society for Textual Scholarship.