Medieval Literature in the Digital Age
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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Introduction: Why I Wrote This Book, or Medieval Manuscripts Unchained
PART ONE Technologies of the Medieval Book: The Manuscript Matrix
1. What Is a Manuscript Culture?
2. Materiality and Mimesis: Anatomy of an Illusion
3. No Fool of Time: The Paradox of Manuscript Transmission
PART TWO Technologies of Manuscript Knowledge: How We Read Now in the Digital Middle Ages
4. The Work of Reading
5. Variance as Dynamic Reading
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