Computers and the Humanities

, Volume 29, Issue 2, pp 113–121 | Cite as

The show must go on:1 Problems of tagging performance texts

  • John Lavagnino
  • Elli Mylonas
Part III: Encoding Specific Text Types


A dramatic work may be seen either as an event or as a text; the TEI guidelines make it possible to encode a dramatic work in either way, but do not attempt to solve the difficult problem of doing both at once. The basic element of a dramatic work, when seen as a text, is the speech; the guidelines also provide elements for encoding other familiar parts of dramatic texts (such as stage directions and cast lists), as well as for encoding analytic information on various aspects of texts and performances that is not normally included in printed dramatic texts. There are often other formal structures in dramatic works that intersect with the structure of speeches — metrical structures, for example; we discuss approaches for encoding these structures.

Key words

SGML tagging performance texts theater TEI 


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© Kluwer Academic Publishers 1995

Authors and Affiliations

  • John Lavagnino
    • 1
  • Elli Mylonas
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of English and American LiteraturesBrandeis UniversityWalthamUSA
  2. 2.Scholarly Technology GroupBrown UniversityProvidenceUSA

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