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Anthology about critical textual editions in the digital age

A collaboration between French and Norwegian scholars has resulted in an anthology on digital critical editions, edited by Daniel Apollon and two French colleagues.

Critical editions are a well-established scholarly genre where texts are published with explanatory notes to help the reader to understand a difficult or older text, and which may provide an apparatus that contextualises the text historically and in terms of research on it. As critical editions are increasingly published as or with parallel digital editions, research is needed on how best to develop this genre for a digital age. 

Daniel Apollon is associate professor of Digital Culture at UiB's Department of Linguistic, Literary and Aesthetic Studies, and has edited the anthology L'édition critique à l'ère du numérique with Philippe Régnier and Claire Bélisle, who are both from Centre national de la recherche scientifique (CNRS) in Lyons. The research published in the anthology stems from a series of seminars organised in Lyons, Bergen and Oslo, with financial support from the Aurora program, which funds research collaborations between French and Norwegian scholars.  

Several other UiB researchers are represented in the anthology. Odd Einar Haugen, professor of Old Norse, co-wrote the chapter "Le tournant numérique de la critique textuelle: perspectives historiques et typologiques" with Daniel Apollon, and also wrote a single-authored chapter, "La fabrique d'une edition numérique: les trois moments-clés." Experts in text encoding from UiB's Department of Philosophy are also represented in the book: Claus Huitfeldt wrote the chapter "Systèmes de balisage de textes et éditions numérique", and Alois Pichler and Tone Merete Bruvik have written the chapter "Éditions critique et séparation de la description et de la présentation". 

The book, which was published late in 2017, will be presented at a book launch in Paris later in 2018.