RSVP corpus: Foscolo supplement, 2018

We are pleased to announce the publication of the Foscolo supplement to our corpus.

This supplementary corpus has been created to support a study into the contributions of Italian poet Ugo Foscolo to the Edinburgh Review of the Quarterly Review in 1818-1819. Foscolo broke with both reviews in 1820, allegedly because of the poor quality of the translations of his articles from Italian and French into English, executed by, among others, James Mackintosh, Francis Palgrave and Francis Jeffrey. Additionally, Foscolo objected to the cuts and interpolations the two journals operated, accusing them both of “tampering with articles”.

This follow on study aimed to investigate if Foscolo’s claims were a convenient fiction or a fact that can be tested empirically. The corpus is our raw data to allow an assessment of Digital Humanities methodologies, such as stylometry and corpus stylistics, and if they can help confirm or deny Foscolo’s claims.

The Foscolo supplement contains all five articles written by Ugo Foscolo and published in either the Review. There are three versions of each article: the source, dirty text; the corrected, clean text; and the fully curated and marked-up TEI XML version.

The corpus is released under the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 4.0 International (CC BY-SA 4.0) Licence).

The corpus’ DOI is 10.21954/ou.rd.7472210, and may be downloaded from the A Question of Style project’s
online data site.

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