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Don Quixote in the digital age: an analysis of traditional editorial practices and current electronic editions
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The history of the text of El ingenious hidalgo don Quixote de la Mancha, published by Miguel de Cervantes Saavedra in two parts, in 1605 and 1615, is characterized from the start by a surprising lack of quality editions. No manuscripts exist of this masterpiece, hence Cervantes' scholars have had to rely on the early printed editions, the princess, to try to produce a ''critical edition'' through the textual analysis of these and other subsequent editions. However, many discrepancies have been found among the existing copies of the princess editions and the other editions that followed them, hence, making the collation process to find the variances between the texts a difficult task. Until recently, the conventional ''Pen and Paper'' (PP) (manual) method has been used to analyze and collate the editions. Unfortunately, the editorial criteria, methodology, and tools used during the manual process, have proven to be inefficient. After the analysis of the traditional PP methodology, a comprehensive description and evaluation of electronic editions currently available in CD-ROM format is presented along with an analysis of online editions in order to examine how technology has changed traditional editorial practices. In this study, the Electronic Virtual Variorum Edition (EVVE), is presented as the alternative solution or the new way to edit Don Quixote. EVVE is the dissertation project of Shueh-Cheng Hu, a Ph.D. Computer Science student, at Texas A&M University. The description, implementation and application of the software tools developed by Shueh-Cheng Hu for EVVE are analyzed here. EVVE involves the provisional results and advances related to the conversion of printed editions of Cervantes' works into electronic format. EVVE is a complex and innovated software tool that assists the editor in the analysis, classification, and categorization of such variances to find the variances among texts by collating multiple copies at a time. As the final product it will provide multiple users with a flexible, adaptable, and multidirectional electronic edition of Don Quixote, suited to the multiple and distinct needs students, scholars, and general readers.
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Includes bibliographical references (leaves 93-95).
Issued also on microfiche from Lange Micrographics.
Lugo Ibarra, Cruz Yolanda (1999). Don Quixote in the digital age: an analysis of traditional editorial practices and current electronic editions. Master's thesis, Texas A&M University. Available electronically from
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