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Authorship, textual curation, digital composition, collaboration, information architecture, metadata, tagging, linking


Digital Humanities


This article explores textual curation as a conceptualization of authorship and composition within large information structures that is heavily based on the canon of arrangement. This work is often undertaken through distributed collaboration, thus complicating traditional conceptions of authorial attribution and agency. Central curatorial processes include critical recomposition of prior texts along with the development of small and often invisible textual elements such as architecture, metadata, and strategic links. I offer a grounded definition of textual curation that draws from traditional curatorial fields such as Museum Studies and Library Science as well as Writing Studies’ own subfield of Technical Communication, which focuses heavily on recomposed, collaboratively produced texts. Selected Wikipedia articles serve as case studies for examining live curatorial work in open, collaborative environments.

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This is a post-print version of an article originally published in the June 2016 issue of the journal Computers and Composition.

Kennedy, Krista. "Textual Curation." Computers and Composition 40 (June 2016). 175-189.

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