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Media Technologies and the Digital Humanities in Medieval and Early Modern Studies

Edited By Katharine D. Scherff, Lane J. Sobehrad Copyright 2023
    174 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

    174 Pages 17 B/W Illustrations
    by Routledge

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    Through a multidisciplinary collection of case studies, this book explores the effects of the digital age on medieval and early modern studies.

    Divided into five parts, the book examines how people, medieval and modern, engage with medieval media and technology through an exploration of the theory underpinning audience interactions with historical materials in the past and the real-world engagement of a twenty-first century audience with medieval and early modern studies through the multimodal lens of a vast digital landscape. Each case study reveals the diversity of medieval media and technology and challenges readers to consider new types of literacy competencies as scholarly, rigorous methods of engaging in pre-modern investigations of materiality. Essays in the first section engage in the examination of medieval media, mediation, and technology from a theoretical framework, while the second section explores how digitization, smart technologies, digital mapping, and the internet have shaped medieval and early modern studies today.

    The book will be of interest to students in undergraduate or graduate intermediate or advanced courses as well as scholars, in medieval studies, art history, architectural history, medieval history, literary history, and religious history.

    Introduction Media Technologies and the Digital Humanities 

    Katharine D. Scherff and Lane J. Sobehrad

    Part I: Text or Tool? - Beyond the Narrative

    1. From Audits to Confessionals: The Influence of Accounting Technology on Medieval Penitential Pedagogy

    Nancy Haijing Jiang

    2. As Nimble as The Pen of a Scribe The Mediating Tongue in Aquinas’s Commentary On The Psalms

    Albert Marie Surmanski

    Part II: Interpretive Technologies - Viewing Culture and Society

    3. Painted, Printed, and Digitized, the Commemorative Images for the British “Worthies”

    Anne Betty Weinshenker

    4. Maps, Views, and Chorographies: An Examination of the Depiction of Place and the Representation of Architecture in the Civitates Orbis Terrarum

    Brittany Forniotis

    Part III: Proximity - The Earthly and Divine Spheres

    5. Ars combinatoria Deciphering the Earthly and the Divine in the Medieval World and Beyond

    Beatrice Bottomley and Arianna Dalla Costa

    6. "It’s Like I’m Actually there!": Jumbotrons, Liveness, and the Corpus Christi

    Katharine D Scherff

    Part IV: Teaching "Tools" and Accessibility

    7. Simulating the Seventeenth-Century Dutch Art Market in the Twenty-First-Century Classroom

    Margaret Mansfield

    8. The Virtual Renaissanc: Adopting Virtual Reality to Transform How Art History is Taught

    Eric R. Hupe and Caitlyn Carr

    Part V: Digital Viewing and Reflections

    9. Reflections Relating Medieval Modes to Modern Multimodal Literacies in the Digital Humanities

    Lane J. Sobehrad and Susan J. Sobehrad


    Katharine D. Scherff is Postdoc Lecturer and teaches for the School of Art and the Medieval and Renaissance Studies Center at Texas Tech University.

    Lane J. Sobehrad is Coordinator of Research and Innovation for Lubbock ISD.