Merging the Medieval Margin with the Modern Machine

Date: Wednesday November 8th, 12.05pm
Location: DH Active Learning Space, Food Science Building 4.58
Presentations last ~45mins, followed by discussion

Merging the Medieval Margin with the Modern Machine
Patricia O’Connor

Abstract
Digital technology has significantly improved upon the representation of marginalia in print editions. However, the transition from print to digital posed certain challenges to the editors of electronic editions. This talk acknowledges the challenges faced by early electronic editions and reexamines the innovations of two early electronic editions in advancing the conventional treatment of paratextual features. Drawing from the speaker’s current experience in Beta Testing the new version of the Parker Library on the Web, this paper aims to discuss the current standards for representing marginalia and seeks to devise new ways in which to engage with the paratextual material of medieval manuscripts.

About the Speaker
Patricia O’Connor is an Irish Research Council PhD researcher in the School of English and the Digital Arts and Humanities department at University College Cork. Her research interests include Old English and Latin language and literature, palaeography, codicology and the representation of marginalia and medieval manuscripts in the digital age. She is currently involved in Beta Testing the new version of the Parker Library on the Web which is due to be released in January 2018. She isalsothe author of two forthcoming articles on the Old English charms from Cambridge, Corpus Christi College MS 41. You can find her blog at www.trishaoconnor.com.

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