Ernst Jandl and Karl Kraus – Two Lives in Bits and Pieces. In: ter Braake et al. (eds.): BD2015 Biographical Data in a Digital World 2015. Proceedings of the First Conference on Biographical Data in a Digital World 2015, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1399, 1-7. (with Katharina Prager) [peer-reviewed]

Ernst Jandl and Karl Kraus – Two Lives in Bits and Pieces. In: ter Braake et al. (eds.): BD2015 Biographical Data in a Digital World 2015. Proceedings of the First Conference on Biographical Data in a Digital World 2015, CEUR Workshop Proceedings, Vol. 1399, 1-7. (with Katharina Prager) [peer-reviewed paper]

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Abstract:

In the research strand ‘Virtual Biography’ the Ludwig Boltzmann Institute for the History and Theory of Biography explores the methods and possibilities of arranging biographical data online in ‘bits and pieces’. In two pilot projects on the Austrian writers Ernst Jandl (1925-2000) and Karl Kraus (1874-1936), heterogeneous concepts of structuring and linking big biographical data sets are being tested. The Ernst Jandl platform researches the concept of bio-bibliography, thereby making the success the writer experienced over the span of a lifetime measurable. The digital approach to Karl Kraus is an antibiography drawing on the concept of David E. Nye, which puts the main focus on interlinking Kraus’s papers, simultaneously making them available online for the first time. This paper reflects on the different approaches chosen for the two subjects and on the role of canonization processes for online biographies of ‘great men’. Furthermore, the ‘limits’ of biography, of authorship and objectivity for (non-narrative) internet biography, respectively for databases and content management systems presenting life data on the internet, are discussed. …continue reading

 

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