Digital Humanities Abstracts

“CETH TEI Pilot Projects”
Wendell Piez Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) Anthony Lioi Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) Julia Lougovaya Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH) Mary Jo Watts Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH)

The CETH TEI Pilot Projects are a group of demonstrations of high-quality scholarly and educational resources created in conformance with the Guidelines of the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for the markup of Humanities texts in SGML (Standard Generalized Markup Language). We are using off-the-shelf SGML creation and browsing tools (SoftQuad Author/Editor; WordPerfect with SGML; SoftQuad Panorama) to develop prototype electronic text resources which take advantage of SGML and TEI functionalities (especially for cross-platform compatibility and networked publication), which can be created and browsed via PC platforms, and which further develop and extend the concept of a networked electronic edition of a text. A central goal of the project is the production of documentation which will help scholars and educators at other institutions to assess our work, to design similar projects of their own, and to open discussion not only on the means but on the purposes and potential uses of such editions. Please consult the project front page on the World-wide Web, presently at (currently in progress), for a more detailed overview.

"The Child in the House": An Electronic Edition

Wendell Piez An electronic edition with output in two forms: print (using WordPerfect with SGML) and networked via the World-wide Web (using SoftQuad Panorama). The project is intended to provide a prototype for a high-quality "fascicle" edition of a text, suitable both for networked browsing and for micro-publishing. The editor of this project also offers documentation introducing Humanities scholars to the TEI, as well as supporting documentation for using WordPerfect 6.1, SGML Edition, as a publishing utility for TEI texts.

"Their Eyes Were Watching God, Chapter 1"

Anthony Lioi An edition with critical commentary which demonstrates the uses of TEI linking mechanisms in a hypertext rendition. The markup traces the occurrence of thematically-related tropes in the text, linking them with each other and with the commentary. This project offers a prototype of a critical edition useful not only as a pedagogical tool (demonstrating the function of thematic figuration in a literary text) but as a form of disseminating research results.

John Donne's Elegy "“Love's Progress”"

Mary Jo Watts This edition is a rendition of a Renaissance manuscript (extant in Rutgers Special Collections and Archives) in facsimile and analytical transcription. Alternate style sheets provide different views of the text. The transcription is linked dynamically to a digital image of the manuscript, which in some views is more legible than the original.

Virgil's Aeneid Book I, with the Latin Commentaries of Servius

Julia Lougovaya An edition of the poem with line-by-line commentaries, interactively accessible with hypertext functionality. A very useful tool for the student of Virgil, the Latin language, and the history of literary criticism, this project shows how electronic means not only can provide broad access to a relatively obscure text (the fourth-century commentaries of Servius) but also how hypertext linking between these commentaries and their subject, Virgil's poem, can improve a reader's ability to navigate and interpret both texts.