New E-Resource: Beckett Digital Manuscript Project   [17/11/17]

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The Library's subject teams regularly trial the latest databases & e-resources to support your studies. The latest Library e-resource is:

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is a collaboration between the Centre for Manuscript Genetics (University of Antwerp), the Beckett International Foundation (University of Reading) and the Harry Ransom Humanities Research Center (University of Texas at Austin).

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project consists of two parts:

  • a digital archive of Samuel Beckett's manuscripts, organized in 26 research modules. Each of these modules comprises digital facsimiles and transcriptions of all the extant manuscripts pertaining to an individual text, or in the case of shorter texts, a group of texts
  • a series of 26 volumes, analyzing the genesis of the texts contained in the corresponding modules

The purpose of the Beckett Digital Manuscript Project is to reunite the manuscripts of Samuel Beckett's works in a digital way, and to facilitate genetic research: the project brings together digital facsimiles of documents that are now preserved in different holding libraries, and adds transcriptions of Beckett's manuscripts, tools for bilingual and genetic version comparison, a search engine, and an analysis of the textual genesis of his works.

The Beckett Digital Manuscript Project aims to contribute to the study of Beckett's works in various ways:

  • by enabling readers to discover new documents and see how the dispersed manuscripts of different holding libraries interrelate within the context of a work's genesis in its entirety
  • by increasing the accessibility of the manuscripts with searchable transcriptions in an updatable digital archive
  • by highlighting the interpretive relevance of intertextual references that can be found in the manuscripts

Also available is the Beckett Digital Library (BDL), a digital reconstruction of Samuel Beckett's personal library. The BDL contains scans of book covers, title pages, all pages with reading traces, flyleaves, colophons, tables of contents, indexes and inserts of various kinds. In addition to facsimiles, the BDL also offers transcriptions of readings traces and links to Beckett's manuscripts.

This Library e-resource is available on-campus only.

 

 

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