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I am creating this "BaronessElsa" site to reflect on what Sidonie Smith calls an "autobiographical manifesto" since the manifesto is essentially a public text. An autobiographical manifesto, Smith writes, is "Purposeful, bold, contentious, the autobiographical manifesto contests the old inscriptions, the old histories, the old politics, the ancient regime, by working to dislodge the hold of the universal subject through an expressly political collocation of a new." In service to a new "social reality". . . the manifesto offers an arena in which the revolutionary subject can insist on identity in service to emancipatory politics even if, as Robert K. Martin argues, that identity is "assumed" (S. Smith 157). The point is that understood in terms of Dadaist art and modernist manifestoes, Freytag-Loringhoven's texts may be understood to make meaning or signify with each other and in dialog with real-time audiences. With these respective arguments in mind, I theorize that digital environments such as "BaronessElsa" afford new kinds of interactions with text that can, for the first-time, incorporate real-time audience participation in the reading event.

Thanks for visiting,
Tanya Clement, founding editor

Tanya Clement is an Assistant Professor at the University of Texas at Austin. She has a PhD in English from the University of Maryland and an M.F.A. in fiction from the University of Virginia, where she was also trained in humanities computing at the Electronic Text Center and the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities (IATH). She has published numerous articles on a variety of topics including Gertrude Stein's literature the Baroness and her poetry, and the cross sections of information science and digital humanities. She was a Research Associate at the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities for many years, an Associate Editor of the Versioning Machine, and the editor of In Transition: Selected Poems by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven  and with Gaby Divay. “The Firstling/Erstling/He Complex by Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhoven.” Amanda Gailey and Andy Jewell, eds. Scholarly Editing: The Annual of the Association for Documentary Editing 33 (2012): http://www.scholarlyediting.org/2012/editions/baroness/main.baroness.html, among other projects.

Daniel Carter is a writer, researcher, designer, developer, and PhD student at the iSchool at the University of Texas at Austin. He designed this theme for Omeka.

University of Texas at Austin, iSchool graduate contributors

The following graduate students have given invaluable help on this project:

Joseph Ahearn, transcription

Katie Pierce, transcription and encoding

Ellie Dickson, transcription and encoding

Zane Schwarlose, TEIDisplay development

Carin Yavorcik, TEIDisplay development

Virginia Trueheart, Omeka 2.0 upgrade and TEIBoilerplate integration

As well, students in Sara Stegler's class ENGL 4888/6888 Digital Humanities I (Spring 2014) at the University of Georgia provided invaluable help in transcription and encoding:

Maria Chappell 
Erin Cheatham 
Katelyn Corbett  
Alexandra Edwards 
Ryan Fenton
Chelsea Harvey 
Tareva Johnson 
Jacqueline Van De Velde
Lisbeth Wells-Pratt