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Digital Archive as Expanded Text: Shakespeare and Electronic Textuality

Peter S. Donaldson

in Electronic Text

Published in print December 1997 | ISBN: 9780198236634
Published online October 2011 | e-ISBN: 9780191679315 | DOI: http://dx.doi.org/10.1093/acprof:oso/9780198236634.003.0008
Digital Archive as Expanded Text: Shakespeare and Electronic Textuality

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William Shakespeare's works have been copiously illustrated, documented, and interpreted in the visual arts. In 1992, the Shakespeare Electronic Archive was found in order to explore the potential of emerging electronic technologies to enhance access to these materials. The vision is of an electronic archive, eventually networked and available throughout the world, in which documents of all kinds would be linked in electronic form to one another and to the lines of text to which they refer or which they enact. It will take some time to resolve; but a substantial part of the ‘Shakespeare docuverse’ can be realised now. The strategy has been to identify appropriate combinations of materials, emerging technologies, and institutional partners so that workable prototypes embodying major aspects of the overall vision can be built, tested, and used in the near term.

Keywords: William Shakespeare; visual arts; Shakespeare Electronic Archive; electronic technologies; electronic archive; electronic form; text; Shakespeare docuverse

Chapter.  10462 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Literary Theory and Cultural Studies

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