New ERNiE project: Book Links

CORE Admin

In the coming years, SPIN will add a fresh project to its ERNiE strategy: Book Links. It will trace how data from book history can help us map and understand the dynamics of intellectual networks, cultural diffusion and knowledge production in 19th-century history.
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Making use of its trusted Nodegoat technology, SPIN will analyse how book publications function as links in intellectual traffic and in personal networks. This will be done by tracing re-editions (also in re-targeted adaptations, e.g. folklore or mythology for domestic or juvenile reading), translations into other languages, and various forms of textual-visual or textual-performative intermediality. In addition, the use of books as vehicles in networking and knowledge diffusion will be traced by mapping dedications and reviews.

This of course opens up a vast field. SPIN will concentrate, in the coming years, on elaborating proofs of concept in two pilot studies: the 19th-century translations and adaptations of Sir Walter Scott’s Waverley Novels and of the Grimms’ Kind- und Hausmärchen, Deutsche Sagen and Deutsche Mythologie.

These pilot projects will in turn also yield valuable experiences for a Digital Humanities approach to that exciting field where book history, literary history and intellectual history meet.
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SPIN will seek collaboration with other research partners in this venture.

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