Medieval manuscripts and their (digital) afterlives

Authored by: Toby Burrows

The Routledge Research Companion to Digital Medieval Literature

Print publication date:  December  2017
Online publication date:  November  2017

Print ISBN: 9781138905047
eBook ISBN: 9781315696041
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Digitized manuscripts at one extreme consist of complete codices carefully photographed for the digital environment and presented in a file structure which mimics the arrangement of the physical volume and which can be browsed like a codex. At the other extreme are digitized fragments of manuscripts, created either by manipulating a larger digital image or by digitizing an earlier photograph of a specific detail. Between these two extremes are a whole variety of digitized pages or sections from manuscripts, created to fit a specific context, whether that be a scholarly blog or a parodic and facetious Twitter account. This essay considers how early manuscripts are not just objects but interfaces, and how the various methods applied to digital manuscript images engage issues of textual interpretation and remixing, historically and at present.

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