Early Stage Researcher (April 2014-April 2017)
After completing a B.A. in Italian Philology, History and Art History at the Freie Universität Berlin and the Università degli Studi Roma Tre, Frederike completed a M.A. in Textual Scholarship in 2014, also at the Freie Universität Berlin. During her studies, she gained experiences in Digital Humanities working at the Berlin-Brandenburg Academy of Sciences and Humanities in the projects German Textarchive and Telota. Frederike’s interests include scholarly editing, literary studies, book and manuscript studies, typography and Digital Humanities.
Frederike's DiXiT fellowship explores the potential of digital editions to capture information about writing. The aim of the fellowship is the development of a transcription model that allows for enhanced paleographical and typographical studies within the context of a digital scholarly edition. The project focuses mainly on writing in prints, hence typography (both on micro- and macro-level), and also examines particularities of cursive and block-letter handwriting. As a result, a model will be adaptable to different types and styles of writing and allows the identification, description, comparison and citation of them.
The fellowship is part of Frederike's dissertation project at the University of Graz.
For more information visit the fellowship description on the website Dixit: http://dixit.uni-koeln.de/fellowships/early-stage-researchers/#esr4
Unlike any author in modern German literature Stefan George (1868-1933) has engaged with script – particularly typography - in exceptional ways: from 1904 on, he applied a specific typeface to his printed publications, the so called St.-G.-typeface. The typeface was modified several times until 1927, resulting in several but no definitive version of the St-G.
Previous editions of George’s works neither include a detailed recording of the printed editions nor their typographical analysis. Therefore they can hardly serve as reliable basis for further research approaches on the usage and significance of typography in Stefan George's work. The reasons for the inadequate capture of information on writing is twofold: on the one hand, the editorial understanding of text is still mainly linguistic, and on the other hand the methods and tools for detecting paleographical or typographical information are simply not developed and established yet. Even digital scholarly editions with the possibilities of reproducing writing by providing digital facsimiles and of encoding and describing script with the TEI are pushed to their limits.
The project aims are first, to create a digital edition of printed lyrical volumes by Stefan George and, second, the development and application of an ontology which allows for the identification, formalized description, and citation of typographical forms. The practical part of the dissertation will be accompanied by a comprehensive evaluation of existing editorial practices when capturing information about writing, and by a reflection on the impact of the chosen methodology on the edition. Finally, the dissertation will describe and analyze encountered challenges, the benefits for the research field “Stefan George and typography” as well as generally for the topic area "edition and writing".