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From Parchment to Cyberspace

Medieval Literature in the Digital Age


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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Names: Nichols, Stephen G. Title: From parchment to cyberspace: medieval literature in the digital age / Stephen G. Nichols. Description: New York: Peter Lang, [2016] Series: Medieval interventions: new light on traditional thinking; vol. 2 ISSN 2376-2683 (print) | ISSN 2376-2691 (online) Includes bibliographical references and index. Identifiers: LCCN 2015050782 | ISBN 978-1-4331-2963-6 (hardcover) ISBN 978-1-4539-1598-1 (e-book) Subjects: LCSH: Literature, Medieval—Criticism, Textual. Criticism, Textual—Data processing. | Manuscripts, Medieval—Digitization. Humanities—Data processing. | Manuscripts, Medieval—History. Transmission of texts—History. | Codicology. Classification: LCC PN671 .N525 2016 | DDC 091.09/02—dc23 LC record available at

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