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Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences

Bichitra: The Making of an Online Tagore Variorum

Editors: Chaudhuri, Sukanta (Ed.)

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  • Covers in detail the creation of a multi-level collation engine that can be applied to all languages and alphabets, a definitive, statistics-based innovation of the variorum
  • Shares a digital humanities project database or variorum and its original software created by researchers at Jadavpur University
  • The database, a cultural informatics triumph that ensures the preservation of Tagore's original manuscripts, may also be used for computational analysis of his work
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This book documents the creation of the Bichitra Online Tagore Variorum, a publicly accessible database of Rabindranath Tagore's complete works in Bengali and English totaling some 140,000 pages of primary material. Chapters cover innovative aspects of the site, all replicable in other projects: a hyperbibliography; a search engine and hyperconcordance working across the database; and a unique collation program comparing variant texts at three levels. There are also chapters on the special problems of processing manuscripts, and on planning the website. Early chapters take readers through the history of the project, an overview of Tagore’s works, and the Bengali writing system with the challenges of adapting it to electronic form.

The name Bichitra, meaning "various" in Bengali, alludes both to the great variety of Tagore’s works and to their various stages of composition. Beyond their literary excellence, they are notable for their sheer quantity, the number of variant forms of a great many items, and their afterlife in translation, often the poet’s own. Seldom if ever has the same writer revised his material and recast it across genres on such a scale.​​ Tagore won the Nobel Prize in 1913. 

By its value-added presentation of this range of material, Bichitra can be a model for future databases covering an author’s complete works or other major corpus of texts. It offers  vastly expanded access to Tagore’s writings, and enables new kinds of research including computational text analysis. The “book of the website” shows in technical and human terms how researchers with interests in art, literature and technology can collaborate on cultural informatics projects. 

About the authors

Sukanta Chaudhuri, the editor of this volume, is Professor Emeritus at Jadavpur University, Kolkata, and  was Founder-Director of its interdisciplinary School of Cultural Texts and Records. He was Co-Ordinator of the Bichitra Online Tagore Variorum and General Editor of the Oxford Tagore Translations series. He is also a scholar of the European Renaissance and of textual and editorial theory.

About the project:
Bichitra was prepared in just over two years at the School of Cultural Texts and Records by a team of thirty project staff plus many specialist contributors and consultants. It was funded by the Ministry of Culture, Government of India, to commemorate Tagore’s 150th birth anniversary in 2011. The site is freely accessible, with apparatus in English, Bengali and Hindi, at
http://bichitra.jdvu.ac.in/

Table of contents (10 chapters)

Table of contents (10 chapters)

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Bibliographic Information

Bibliographic Information
Book Title
Bichitra: The Making of an Online Tagore Variorum
Editors
  • Sukanta Chaudhuri
Series Title
Quantitative Methods in the Humanities and Social Sciences
Copyright
2015
Publisher
Springer International Publishing
Copyright Holder
Springer International Publishing Switzerland
eBook ISBN
978-3-319-23678-0
DOI
10.1007/978-3-319-23678-0
Hardcover ISBN
978-3-319-23677-3
Softcover ISBN
978-3-319-79520-1
Series ISSN
2199-0956
Edition Number
1
Number of Pages
XV, 159
Number of Illustrations
24 b/w illustrations, 64 illustrations in colour
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