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Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age

ISBN 9780367498771
Published April 29, 2022 by Routledge
250 Pages 22 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age explores one major manuscript repository’s digital presence and poses timely questions about studying books from a temporal and spatial distance via the online environment.

Through contributions from a large group of distinguished international scholars, the volume assesses the impact of being able to access and interpret these early manuscripts in new ways. The focus on Parker on the Web, a world-class digital repository of diverse medieval manuscripts, comes as that site made its contents Open Access. Exploring the uses of digital representations of medieval texts and their contexts, contributors consider manuscripts from multiple perspectives including production, materiality, and reception. In addition, the volume explicates new interdisciplinary frameworks of analysis for the study of the relationship between texts and their physical contexts, while centring on an appreciation of the opportunities and challenges effected by the digital representation of a tangible object. Approaches extend from the codicological, palaeographical, linguistic, and cultural to considerations of reader reception, image production, and the implications of new technologies for future discoveries.

Medieval Manuscripts in the Digital Age advances the debate in manuscript studies about the role of digital and computational sources and tools. As such, the book will appeal to scholars and students working in the disciplines of Digital Humanities, Medieval Studies, Literary Studies, Library and Information Science, and Book History.

Table of Contents


1. Introduction

Benjamin Albritton and Elaine Treharne

Part I. Theory and Practice

2. What it is to be a Digitization Specialist: Chasing Medieval Materials in a Sea of Pixels

Astrid J. Smith

3. From the Divine to the Digital: Digitization as Resurrection and reconstruction

Keri Thomas

4. A Note on Technology and Functionality in Digital Manuscript Studies

Abigail G. Robertson

5. Ways of Seeing Manuscripts: Exploring Parker 2.0

Andrew Prescott

Part II. Materialities

6. A Note on Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 210

Orietta Da Rold

7. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 367 Part II: A Study in (Digital) Codicology

Peter A. Stokes

8. Pocket Change: Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 383 and the Value of the Virtual Object

Anya Adair

9. Rolling with It: Navigating Absence in the Digital Realm

Siân Echard

Part III. Translation and Transmission

10. ‘Glocal’ Matters: The Gospels of St Augustine as a Codex in Translation

Mateusz Fafinski

11. Encyclopaedic Notes in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 320

John J. Gallagher

12. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 322: Tradition and Transmission

David F. Johnson

13. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 41 and 286: Digitization as Translation

Sharon M. Rowley

Part IV. Of Multimedia and the Multilingual

14. Fragmentation and Wholeness in Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 16

A. Joseph McMullen

15. Cambridge, Corpus Christi College, 144 and 402: Mercian Intellectual Culture in pre-Conquest England (and beyond)

Lindy Brady

16. Philologia and Philology: Allegory, Multilingualism and the Corpus Martianus Capella

Elizabeth Boyle

17. Remediation and Multilingualism in Corpus Christi College, 402

Carla María Thomas

Part V. Forms of Reading

18. Living with Books in Early Medieval England: Solomon and Saturn, Bibliophilia, and the Globalist Red Book of Darley

Erica Weaver

19. Severed Heads and Sutured Skins

Catherine E. Karkov

20. Books Consumed, Books Multiplied: Martianus Capella, Ælfric’s Homilies, and the International Image Interoperability Framework

Alexandra Bolintineanu

21. Making a Home for Manuscripts on the Internet

Michelle R. Warren


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Benjamin Albritton is the Rare Books Curator at Stanford Libraries. He is a medievalist and musicologist and spent nearly a decade managing digital projects including Parker on the Web, collaborations with the Vatican Library and others, and playing a key role in the inception and development of the International Image Interoperability Framework.

Georgia Henley is Assistant Professor of English at Saint Anselm College and a Junior Fellow in the Andrew W. Mellon Society of Fellows in Critical Bibliography. Previously she held a postdoctoral appointment at Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis.

Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities at Stanford University, and Director of Stanford Text Technologies. She is a medievalist and handmade book expert, currently completing The Phenomenal Book. She is a Fellow of the Society of Antiquaries, of the Royal Historical Society, and of the English Association.