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Rethinking Text-Dictionary Interfaces

UCL Department of Information Studies

Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 17:30 (GMT)

London, United Kingdom

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Toma Tasovac, Director, Center for Digital Humanities (Belgrade, Serbia) 

http://humanistika.org • http://transpoetika.org

Title: Rethinking Text-Dictionary Interfaces: Deformative Lexical Annotations in Digital Editions

Abstract: Despite claims about the radical nature of electronic textuality, on-screen texts in digital editions remain largely static. Most annotated digital editions of literary works follow the typographic and editorial conventions of the print medium: they reinforce a clear separation of text and paratext while ignoring the potential of more playful strategies, such as Jerome McGann's deformative criticism. In this talk I explore a new kind of text-dictionary interface that embeds and animates lexical annotations directly inside the on-screen text. The result is a dynamic, deformative interface that destabilizes the text's self-enclosed identity and becomes a platform for the user's cognitive, aesthetic and performative interaction with the digital object.


The talk will be followed by a reception at 6:30pm, in the Foster Court, Arts and Humanities Staff Common room.

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Room G31 Foster Court
Gower St
WC1E 6BT London
United Kingdom

Thursday, 29 November 2012 at 17:30 (GMT)


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