The dynamics of incompletion: multilingual manuscripts genetics and digital philologyThe dynamics of incompletion: multilingual manuscripts genetics and digital philology
Faculty of Arts. Linguistics and Literature
Literature and Modernity
Neohelicon: acta comparationis litterarium universarum / Akadémiai Kiadó. - Budapest
36(2009):2, p. 451-461
University of Antwerp
To examine the dynamics of incompletion that characterizes many writings by twentieth century authors, the following essay investigates the possibilities to visualize (1) switches, (2) shuffles and (3) shifts in modern multilingual manuscripts with digital philological tools. (1) Jerome McGanns notions of the bibliographical and the linguistic codes were originally not coined in relation to manuscript studies, but they can be applied to a particular form of code switching between an image-based and a text-based approach. (2) Another phenomenon that typically marks the writing process of literary texts is the practice of shuffling textual segments when their definitive position has not yet been fixed. (3) Finally, transtextual shifts in multilingual manuscripts are not only limited to intertextual references, but often have a language-related dimension as well.