Digital Explanatory Annotations for Literary Texts: Possibilities - Practices - Problems - Prospects

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Dokumentart: MasterThesis
Date: 2017-09
Language: English
Faculty: 5 Philosophische Fakultät
Department: Anglistik, Amerikanistik
DDC Classifikation: 420 - English and Old English
800 - Literature and rhetoric
820 - English and Old English literatures
Keywords: Neue Medien , Annotation , Anmerkung , Digital Humanities , Internetliteratur , Interaktives Lesen , Leseinteresse , Lesen , Lesekultur , Leseverhalten
Other Keywords:
explanatory annotations
collaborative annotation
reading preferences
digital reading
Tübingen Explanatory Annotations System
digital edition
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This thesis is concerned with digital explanatory annotations that are meant to help readers understand, interpret, and enjoy literary texts. The first chapter outlines the advantages of digital over printed annotations. The second chapter evaluates the annotations in eleven digital editions. The focus lies on their extent and systematization, their layout, their use of links and multimedia elements, their citeability, and on whether they were created collaboratively or not. The third chapter is concerned with TEASys – a system developed at the university of Tübingen which helps annotators structure their explanations with regards to length/depth and content. This system allows readers to choose which parts of an annotation they want to read for their individual interests and research purposes. The fourth chapter discusses the results of a survey concerned with students’ attitudes towards digital reading and digital annotations. The last chapter outlines three challenges that digital annotations are still facing: (1) readers’ preference for printed texts (2) the questions how the academic quality of collaboratively written annotations can be guaranteed, and (3) the question how digital annotations that are constantly being revised can be archived.
This version of the MA thesis contains minor revisions (e.g. corrections of misspellings and line breaks).
Revised version published in January 2021:

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