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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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ADVANCE PRAISE FOR

From Parchment to Cyberspace

“With this book one of the pioneers of the New Philology brings about a second revolution in our thinking about medieval culture and its multiple histories. Deep erudition, philosophical acumen, and up-to-date technical know-how are conjoined here in a paradigm-setting work of scholarship that is true to both components of the term ‘digital humanities.’ From Parchment to Cyberspace is simultaneously the document of a personal research journey and a sophisticated theoretical treatise. Every one of its brilliantly written pages harbors a surprising insight. The book’s impact will be felt in scholarly publications and in classrooms around the world.”

—David E. Wellbery LeRoy T. and Margaret Deffenbaugh Carlson University Professor University of Chicago

“From Parchment to Cyberspace is a future-oriented guidebook and must-read for students of the Middle Ages, literary studies, and the humanities writ large. Stephen G. Nichols, a pioneer in online editing, masters the digital technology of our time to lift the veil that has covered medieval literary studies for two centuries. Nichols restores the historical and cultural richness, the meaning, and the joy of medieval works. Dazzling.”

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