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A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

A Companion to Digital Literary Studies Editor(s): Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman Blackwell Publishing Ltd Oxford, UK © Blackwell Publishing Ltd 2007

An excerpt from A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
ed. Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman

Disciplinary Impact and Technological Obsolescence in Digital Medieval Studies

Daniel Paul O’Donnell

In May 2004, I attended a lecture by Elizabeth Solopova at a workshop at the University of Calgary on the past and present of digital editions of medieval works. The lecture looked at various approaches to the digitization of medieval literary texts and discussed a representative sample of the most significant digital editions of English medieval works then available: the Wife of Bath’s Prologue from the Canterbury Tales Project (Robinson and Blake 1996), Murray McGillivray’s Book of the Duchess (McGillivray 1997), Kevin Kiernan’s Electronic Beowulf (Kiernan 1999), and the first volume of the Piers Plowman Electronic Archive (Adams et al. 2000). Solopova herself is an experienced digital scholar and the editions she was discussing had been produced by several of the most prominent digital editors then active. The result was a master class in humanities computing: an in-depth look at markup, imaging, navigation and interface design, and editorial practice in four exemplary editions.

Source: A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, ed. Ray Siemens, Susan Schreibman. Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

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