Digital Project: A Draft of XXX Cantos

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I am in the very beginning stages of a new digital project in which I will put the skills I have learned as a member of the Modernist Journals Project staff to use on A Draft of XXX Cantos.  I will use ABBYY 11 to OCR A Draft of XXX Cantos (thanks to TU Copy for those scans).  The Finereader files ABBYY creates will allow me to create viewable and searchable PDFs of the text for the future.  For now, I am most interested in the text files ABBYY creates.  I will be pulling the full text of these early cantos into Oxygen XML Editor and then using TEI markup language to create new ways of searching, arranging, and most importantly, sharing the text.  The project will end up being part of a dual format chapter in my dissertation tentatively entitled Database Modernism.  My dissertation examines the role of what I’m calling database aesthetics as well as textual and formatting experimentation in modernist literature.  Using TEI to attach metadata to Pound’s Cantos is an attempt to enact the text’s interfacing ambitions, close the gap between print and digital ontologies, and describe how these innovations of literary modernism on both the formal and content levels forecast late twentieth and early twenty-first century media culture.

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