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New Modernist Editing

New Modernist Editing

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Funded by:  AHRC

Main contact:  Dr Bryony Randall

Start date:  2016

End date:  2017

Subject area:
English Literature - School of Critical Studies, College of Arts

Virginia Woolf’s ‘Ode written partly in prose on seeing the name of cutbush above a butcher’s shop in Pentonville’ was never published in her lifetime. The only version we have of the text is the typescript, with emendations in Virginia Woolf’s hand (some in pencil and some in black ink), images of which are displayed in this digital edition. This digital edition emerged from the work of the AHRC funded New Modernist Editing Network. The Network was established to bring together academics, publishers and book artists concerned with the issues arising from the editing of modernist texts – broadly speaking, experimental works from the early twentieth century. All the major modernist editions currently underway are represented by its membership – an unprecedented coming together of key editors in the field. But the involvement of those from outwith academia, and with various levels and types of editorial experience, was also crucial to achieving the Network’s aims. The approach to producing the digital edition of Woolf’s ‘Ode’ was discussed and workshopped at two of the three meetings of the Network, in February and April 2017. This digital edition is, then, a collaborative effort which draws on the discussions, debates and insights enabled by the Network. The desire to produce a text which was dynamic and which could allow the user to see the effects of the many choices that an editor has to make in deciding how to approach an edition of a text. In particular, digital technologies permitted us to resist deciding on a ‘final’ text, and instead leave the reader to play with the level of editorial intervention visible on the screen.