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Simulation of Literary Performativity: A digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa


Manuel Portela, Associate Professor at the University of Coimbra: Simulation of Literary Performativity: A digital Archive of the Book of Disquiet by Fernando Pessoa

The LdoD Archive proposes a model for virtualizing the Book of Disquiet, by Fernando Pessoa, which simulates textual and bibliographic processes in the conceptual and material production of this work. By placing digital facsimiles in the context of their topographic transcriptions, the LdoD Archive shows the relations of document to text and text to document.

By placing both facsimiles and topographical transcriptions in the context of experts' editions, the LdoD Archive further illuminates the relations of text to work and work to the text. To the extent that each text of each edition can be variably contextualized within an archive of authorial and editorial witnesses, functionalities of analysis and comparison in LdoD Archive highlight the very process of constructing the text from the documents, and the work from the text.

Thus, the construction of the book, based on either authorial projects or posthumous editorial decisions, becomes an instantiation of the process of identity and difference that allows text and work to emerge from a set of inscriptional traces and from acts of reading and interpreting those traces. Besides these features of representational simulation (of the authorial genetics of the text, and its editorial socialization between 1982 and 2012), the LdoD Archive offers a set of functionalities of performative simulation that will allow interactors to reconceptualize and rematerialize the work at editorial and authorial levels.

This dynamic and social layer of the LdoD Archive enables the reediting - i.e., the selection, organization and annotation of fragments - and rewriting of text - i.e., the creation of variations anchored in specific passages of the fragments. This simulation of literary performativity in the LdoD Archive - encoded and programmed through the reader, book, editor, and author functions - will be illustrated throughout the seminar with the current version of the LdoD Archive.

Datum: 2015-09-24

Tid: 15:15 - 17:00

Kategorier: Humaniora

Plats: Humanisten, Renströmsgatan 6

Sidansvarig: Katarina Wignell|Sidan uppdaterades: 2015-04-15

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