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Humanist Archives: Jan. 7, 2022, 7:35 a.m. Humanist 35.445 - new (non-TEI) electonic ms. edition

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 445.
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        Date: 2022-01-06 11:06:30+00:00
        From: Dr. Herbert Wender <>
        Subject: New (non-TEI) electonic ms. edition (Hölderlin)


In remembrance of certain debates about use of scientific meta-language inside or
outside of scholarly edited electronic texts, I would like to lead the attention
of subscribers of Humanist working in this field to a new approach of showing
scientifically authorial mss. of lyrical drafts: without meta-language,
graphically (SVG based) reconstructing temporal layers in the genesis of the
material text on each page.

In Germany where this edition has taken place -without support by the greater
institutions, but the story of funding this project exceds my capacity to express
as well as my knowledge of details - the event brings back in mind a former
divide in the community with interests in editing great german authors:
Hölderlin,Kleist, Kafka facsimile/transcription editions were milestones of a new
desktop publishing generation of enthusiasts which saw scholarly reputation
disputed not only by older established academics in the fields of interpretation
and editing but also by some younger TEI geeks in the German editor's association
"Arbeitsgemeinschaft für germanistische Edition" (AGgE).

Now, the new, so to say graphical-genetic approach is explained and theoretically
discussed in AGgE's Yearbook "editio" (delivered in Dec, 2021) by Hans Gerhard
Steimer, formerly collaborator of Sattler's Hölderlin edition. [1] It would be
nice to see here a native speaker's English description of Steimer's
'diachrone representation' of "Hölderlin's Homburger Folioheft" which is today
archived at "Württembergische Landesbibliothek", Stuttgart, where also is hosted
the new web presentation:

In France, some older friends of genetic editing will remember Jean-Louis
Lebrave's explorations of new possibilities in electronic editing, especially his
analytical Apple-Mac HyperCard presentations of draft mss by Heine and Flaubert.

Kind regards,


[1] Hans Gerhard Steimer: Hölderlins Homburger Folioheft in diachroner
Literary compositional drafts and working manuscripts preserve traces of the
gradual process of writing and its different stages. In the static medium of print, 
genetic editions are confronted with the problem of depicting the dynamic 
evolution of texts. Presenting the variants in line-by-line synoptic display 
disregards the spatial arrangement on the manuscript pages. On the other hand, 
giving a topographic representation of the writing in diplomatic transcripts might 
stratify it into a few chronological layers but is unable to sufficiently reproduce
the dynamic process to an elaborate degree. Consequently, the screen is better
suited to visualise the writing process. The digital presentation of the ‘Homburg
Folio’, the most important manuscript of Friedrich Hölderlin’s late work, offers 
not only the transcriptional record as known from print media but displays the 
process of writing and revision on each of the facsimile’s pages itself 
( Thus, it is possible to visualise writing 
both as an act in time and its graphic result on the space of a page. It confines
itself to the presentation of the genesis without any constitution of a text.
The combination of these different operations has often led to errors. Decoupling 
the genetic analysis from the extrapolation of text reveals its potential.

Cf. also:

Friedrich Hölderlins Homburger Folioheft in diachroner ... › data · Translate this page
14 Apr 2021 — Ausstellung & Installation | Vortrag & Tagung. Hans Gerhard
Steimer: Friedrich Hölderlins Homburger Folioheft in diachroner Darstellung.

Details der Publikation - "... so entwirrt sich ihm das Durcheinander ... › ... · Translate this page
so entwirrt sich ihm das Durcheinander zu einem Nacheinander" : Friedrich
Hölderlin, Homburger Folioheft. Diachrone Darstellung / Hans Gerhard Steimer.

[2] Cf. in "Sichtungen" the review of the collection "Textgenetische Edition"
(1998): "Jean-Louis Lebrave zeigt überzeugende Möglichkeiten einer Hypertext-
Edition von genetischem Material am Beispiel von Gustave Flauberts »Hérodias«
auf, die mit dem Mac-Programm Hypercard realisiert worden ist".

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