Focus on...Bernard Roukhomovsky and Henri de Régnier's notebooks

on the April 15, 2021

Bernard Roukhomovsky, researcher in literature, coordinates the ENCHRE project on the digital edition of Henri de Régnier's notebooks. It is developed within the framework of the UMR Litt&Arts with the ELAN team. It is supported by the CAHIER consortium (TGIR Huma-Num), Démarre SHS! and the Société des lecteurs d'Henri de Régnier (SLHDR). A partnership with the Bibliothèque Nationale de France (BnF) and the Bibliothèque de l'Institut de France is also at the heart of this large-scale project.

Bernard Roukhomovsky's sustained HDR in 2016 was based on a critical edition of a collection of works by the novelist and poet Henri de Régnier. In this context, he had to study his personal notebooks. His work demonstrated the relevance of the project to digitize and transcribe Henri de Régnier’s notebooks.

Books with great multidisciplinary interests

Indeed, the novelist’s numerous diaries but also the travel books and notebooks are of great multidisciplinary interest.
- For historians, they are the witness of an era. They cover almost the whole Third Republic and recount the literary, artistic and social life for half a century (1887-1936).
- For the literary or author's specialists, the project brings a forgotten author back into the spotlight. Henri de Régnier was a very prominent author in his time and was a major player in the symbolism movement.
- For geneticists, these notebooks are laboratories of a work. Indeed, some notebooks contain the first drafts of some of the author's works.
- For others still, the corpus holds its interest because of its genre, since it allows to learn more about the diary and the self-writing.

An enriched digital edition with Data Institute

The support of the Grenoble Alpes Data Institute via Démarre SHS ! enabled the transcriptions to be funded. The project is to create an enriched digital edition of this corpus. The goal is to create a website that will make the facsimiles available, as well as several tools, including two types of transcriptions: one aims at restoring the material characteristics of the original manuscripts and the other aims at restoring or improving their legibility.

The ENCHRE project

The ENCHRE project appeared in a context of enthusiasm for digital humanities and coincided with the creation of the ELAN team (Literature and Digital Art team) of the UMR Litt&Arts. This work is thus the result of a personal work of the researcher in literature and a favorable context.
About ten people have been mobilized in their research activity on this project.
ENCHRE is a long term project since it started with 3 years of gestation between technical and scientific (development of tools, digitization...) and the organization of a preparatory day in November 2018.
The project should end in 2025-2026 with the organization, in the meantime, of several conferences. They will create an interaction between the editorial and the scientific work. The proceedings will be published on this website.
An international symposium is planned for the inauguration of this digital edition in partnership with the Institut de France. The event is postponed from 10 to 12 June 2021 due to the health crisis.

Published on April 16, 2021