How we perceive archival materials is often defined by the mechanical processes by which we represent those documents in print and digital formats. As we move from the material structures of the handwritten document’s layout, layers of texts, erasures, interlinear corrections, diverse forms of punctuation, and the multiple functions of the marginal to the standardizing strictures of print and finally the interpretative and structural determinism of encoding, we are called upon to consider two vast codes: the mechanics of perception itself, pioneered by Gibson and Rock, and the dual focus of every culture that copies and transmits the text. The Accreted Text examines the critical implications of how we think we see texts and how we report them to others.
Talk by Wayne Storey, Professor of Italian, Department of French and Italian
Sponsored by the Institute for European Studies