Copying, Emergence and Digital Reproduction. Transferring Medieval Manuscript Culture into an Electronic Edition

Stolz, Michael (2018). Copying, Emergence and Digital Reproduction. Transferring Medieval Manuscript Culture into an Electronic Edition. Digital Philology. A Journal of Medieval Cultures, 6(2), pp. 257-287. Johns Hopkins University Press

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This article combines concepts of the copying of manuscripts in the age before mechanical reproduction (as described in W. Benjamin's famous Artwork-essay), of the emergence of non-vertical evolution (as to be found in textual 'contamination' and in horizontal gene transfer alike), and of the electronic reproduction of such phenomena (as presented in scholarly digital editions and phylogenetic trees). The guiding idea is that 'copying', 'emergence', and '(digital) reproduction' enable variation depending on particular physical or biological forms, on contextual or environmental conditions, as well as on user habits or receptive fields. A major concern of the article will be to ask, if it is possible to develop a theory of copying and reproduction on this base. The material will be drawn from the Parzival-Project, a critical electronic edition of an Arthurian romance, composed by the German poet Wolfram von Eschenbach shortly after 1200 and transmitted in over eighty witnesses.

Item Type:

Journal Article (Original Article)

Division/Institute:

06 Faculty of Humanities > Other Institutions > Walter Benjamin Kolleg (WBKolleg)
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages
06 Faculty of Humanities > Department of Linguistics and Literary Studies > Institute of Germanic Languages > Old German Language and Literature

UniBE Contributor:

Stolz, Michael

Subjects:

400 Language > 430 German & related languages
800 Literature, rhetoric & criticism > 830 German & related literatures

ISSN:

2162-9544

Publisher:

Johns Hopkins University Press

Funders:

[42] Schweizerischer Nationalfonds

Projects:

[912] Original und Kopie des ›Rappoltsteiner Parzifal‹. Handschriftliche Überlieferung und Textgenese im 14. Jahrhundert

Language:

English

Submitter:

Michael Rudolf Stolz

Date Deposited:

19 Feb 2018 10:33

Last Modified:

04 Nov 2019 20:57

BORIS DOI:

10.7892/boris.109857

URI:

https://boris.unibe.ch/id/eprint/109857

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