TITLE: From Oral Tradition to Critical Edition: The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Folk Music and Drama
SPEAKER: Julia Bishop
EVENT DATE: 2008/04/23
RUNNING TIME: 76 minutes
This lecture showcases the variety and importance of the James Madison Carpenter Collection, which has been digitized and is intended for online presentation as part of the Performing Arts Encyclopedia. The talk describes some of the editorial challenges facing the James Madison Carpenter Project team as they prepare a critical edition of the collection.
Speaker Biography: Jula Bishop heads the James Madison Carpenter Project team, which comprises folkmusic and folk drama scholars from the US and the UK. The team has been working on the collection since 2001 in close cooperation with staff at the American Folklife Center. The team has compiled a detailed finding aid, using xml and, specifically, Encoded Archival Description, which allows the collection to be searched at item level. This has formed an essential foundation for the team's current work on preparing the entire collection for publication in a critical edition (funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, in cooperation with the American Folklore Society, and the British Academy).
SERIES: Benjamin Botkin Lecture Series