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September 3, 2014

Herding Cats

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:19 am

Changes in the weather, conspicuous coffee consumption, two or three return trips to Staples–the advent of a new semester can mean many things. The Great Leveler in academia, of course, is scheduling. We must be many places at many times, and we forever must coordinate ourselves against the variables (and the universe, in general, that conspires against us). (more…)

August 27, 2014

Reality Bites: everyday work and the Digital Humanities

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , — Laura Whitebell @ 12:21 pm

The funny thing about digital projects is that in addition to their online presence, they also exist in the real world. We’ve spent a lot of time over the past year increasing our web-based activity (this blog, twitter, participating in Day of DH and so on) but as we approach the start of the new academic year, I find myself confronting problems that are real, tangible, material. For example, how on earth can I find a time when twelve busy people are all available to meet? And even if that’s possible, where are we going to meet? Is the summer construction around the office going to be finished in time for the new semester? And why is the carpet in our office permanently wrinkled (a question I lose sleep over because I’m worried that someone’s going to trip over and do themselves a horrible injury)? (more…)

August 20, 2014

Professional Level Proofing

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , , — mwils31 @ 2:00 pm

At the Blake Archive, we strive for god-like workmanship. As such, proofreading for sinful mistakes is an important step in our process. Currently, we have several publications “on-deck” for publishing, but this means that several eyes have to pass over those documents. I am currently proofing a typographical work called Poetical Sketches. (more…)

August 15, 2014

Blake Camp 2014: Day 2

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , — Morris Eaves @ 12:08 pm

Continued from Wednesday’s post, Part 1 Recap of Blake Camp 2014. Also see Morris’s Brief History of Blake Camp.

DAY 2, Friday 14 June

Session 5

E-books, Search Terms, and New Image Sources

We begin with a long discussion of the pros and cons of issuing e-book editions of works in the Archive—focusing perhaps on developing Blake’s most popular and widely studied works in responsive portable formats. Among many other issues discussed are the thorny problems of copyright. (more…)

August 13, 2014

Blake Camp 2014: Day 1

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , — Morris Eaves @ 4:06 pm

Blake Camp 21, University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill: Highlights Part 1

I began with a brief history of Blake Camp—a bit of how-we-live-and-what-we-live-for to explain why it’s such a durable institution, marking the end of one Blake Archive year and the start of the next, BBC to ABC.

This year we met at the University of North Carolina, Chapel Hill, in the lounge of the English department—on Thursday and Friday, 12-13 June. As always, attendees varied from session to session depending on the subject. They included editors Morris Eaves, Bob Essick, and Joe Viscomi; bibliographer Mark Crosby; project manager Joe Fletcher; our new technical editor Mike Fox; special projects consultant Ashley Reed; and project assistant Adam McCune. Laura Whitebell, the project coordinator at the University of Rochester, attended via Google video chat. (more…)

August 11, 2014

A Brief History of Blake Camp

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , — Morris Eaves @ 11:00 am

“Blake Boyz” and “Blake Camp” are sticky labels that John Unsworth invented in the early years of the Archive. This June Blake Camp celebrated its 21st birthday—or maybe its 19th or 20th, depending on how you count, because the label came a bit later than the annual gathering of the principal participants.

To understand what Blake Camp—the annual pivot point for our project—is and how it got that way, a little history is helpful. (more…)

August 6, 2014

By the Book: Catching Up with the XML Tag Set

Filed under: XML — Tags: , , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

This is not a call for reform. This is not an admission of guilt.

Moving deeper into Blake’s typographic works for the Archive has presented a number of new encoding questions, particularly with how to handle potentially “secondary” text on the page, like printer’s marks, catchwords, page numbers, titles, etc. (more…)

July 30, 2014

Lost Letters

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — hardeepssidhu @ 10:38 am

A few months back, I wrote a post about compiling a master list of all of Blake’s letters. The goal is to have an up-to-date bibliography of every letter that Blake ever wrote or received, along with letters by Blake’s contemporaries that have to do with him in some way.

As I’ve been putting this list together, I’ve come across a number of letters that pose a substantial obstacle to publishing them. Not only have these letters never been published before, they have never even been traced. (more…)

July 25, 2014

Publication Announcement – Thel copy N and Enoch Walked with God

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , — Andrea H. Everett @ 4:56 pm

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of an electronic edition of The Book of Thel copy N and Enoch Walked with God, both in the Cincinnati Art Museum. We have also republished Songs of Innocence copy U with a more authoritative arrangement of the plates and an enhanced Copy Information page. (more…)

July 23, 2014

Introducing: Blake’s French Revolution

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — lvandenb @ 2:55 pm

A couple of us at the Blake Archive have taken on Blake’s 1791 poem French Revolution as a new typographic project. We use many of the same principles established in early publications of typographic works. Thus, after working out some important typographic questions on the Descriptive Catalog, the French Revolution transcription appears to be fairly straightforward. (more…)

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