PART I: Shakespeare in Many Forms: Text Encoding


In the project, each student will encode a short archival document according to the TEI guidelines. Students will work on project teams to make collaborative decisions about how they wish to encode their texts—deciding, for example, how to handle spelling regularization, representation of typographic features, encoding of linguistic features and named entities, and modeling of textual structures. Students will also identify and encode significant analytical categories for their documents and make decisions about how they want their texts to be displayed online. Students will explain their encoding decisions by adding comments directly in the XML file and will write a brief (500 to 800 word) reflective response at the end of the assignment, discussing how their experience with encoding has shaped their understanding of both their archival document and Shakespeare’s Tempest.

Full assignment details are here and editorial declaration writing guidelines are here.

Due date:

March 5, submitted to Canvas before midnight

Exercise Folder

You can download a folder with all of the examples we’ll discuss in this unit, as well as a template starter file where you can do your encoding. You should rename the template file, but make sure to save it in the same place (that is, feel free to move the whole folder around and rename both individual files and the folder itself, but do not move any of the files within the folder).

We are using a workspace for publishing TEI documents that was developed by Ash Clark as an add-on to the CETEIcean platform. You can see the original GitHub repository for Clark’s code here.

Links and Resources

Guidelines and instructions:


Guides, tutorials, cribsheets:


Example Student Projects

Spring 2021

Practices of Enslavement:

Colonial Encounters with Native Americans:

Colonialism and Empire:

Representations of Gender:

Love and Marriage:

Songs and Ballads:

Fall 2018

Fall 2017