Viewing convention Program information from 2009
Monday, 28 December
338. Beyond the Author Principle
7:15–8:30 p.m., Liberty Ballroom Salon C, Philadelphia Marriott
Program arranged by the MLA Committee on Scholarly Editions
Presiding: Bruce R. Smith, Univ. of Southern California
1. “English Broadside Ballad Archive: A Digital Home for the Homeless Broadside Ballad,” Patricia Fumerton, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara; Carl Stahmer, Univ. of Maryland, College Park
2. “The Total (Digital) Archive: Collecting Knowledge in Online Environments,” Katherine D. Harris, San José State Univ.
3. “Displacing ‘Shakespeare’ in the World Shakespeare Encyclopedia,” Katherine A. Rowe, Bryn Mawr Coll.
I'll be sketching my experiences with two challenges to the author function raised by the design of an online encyclopedia. First, the difficulty of defining terms for inclusion and exclusion when space is no longer a limiting factor on what counts as "SHakespearean". Second, the challenges and opportunities of user-contributions, when a single editor, team (or contributor) is not the guarantor of meaning.
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