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From Parchment to Cyberspace

Medieval Literature in the Digital Age

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Stephen G. Nichols

From Parchment to Cyberspace argues the case for studying high-resolution digital images of original manuscripts to analyze medieval literature. By presenting a rigorous philosophical argument for the authenticity of such images (a point disputed by digital skeptics) the book illustrates how digitization offers scholars innovative methods for comparing manuscripts of vernacular literature – such as The Romance of the Rose or texts by Christine de Pizan – that reveal aspects of medieval culture crucial to understanding the period.

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ed medieval literary studies for two centuries. Nichols restores the historical and cultural richness, the meaning, and the joy of medieval works. Dazzling.” —R. Howard Bloch Sterling Professor of French and Chair of Medieval Studies Yale University “From Parchment to Cyberspace is the culmination of decades of reflection on a fascinating subject that no one knows better than Stephen G. Nichols: the promise and challenges of restituting the ‘manuscript matrix’ in electronic media. Theorist of material philology and architect of the extraordinary project to recover the vast corpus of Roman de la Rose manuscripts online, Nichols probes the unexpected ways in which new digital technologies allow for an unprecedented glimpse into the variance of medieval texts. Moving with equal ease among known and anonymous writers, copyists, scribes, and illuminators, as well as contemporary means and methods, he has proposed a far-reaching and exciting vision of the future of medieval studies, understood as ‘humanistic research aided by digital resources and tools driven by critical intelligence.’” —Daniel Heller-Roazen Arthur W. Marks ’19 Professor of Comparative Literature and the Council of the Humanities Princeton University From Parchment to Cyberspace MEDIEVAL INTERVENTIONS New Light on Traditional Thinking Stephen G. Nichols General Editor Vol. 2 This book is a volume in a Peter Lang monograph series. Every volume is peer reviewed and meets the highest quality standards for content and production. PETER LANG New York  Bern  Frankfurt  Berlin Brussels  Vienna  Oxford  Warsaw Stephen G. Nichols From Parchment to Cyberspace Medieval Literature in the Digital Age...

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