Monday 7th November, 4pm, Fage Library (Second Floor, Arts Building)
Matthew Collins (UoB)
Historicising the Digital: on the insights digital technologies can bring to historical texts and practices
This presentation will explore the ways in which linguistics can approach historical, literary texts. Taking its broad approach from Historical Pragmatics, the paper will look at some of the methodological challenges and solutions particular to the study of medieval English texts. Focusing on the two key versions of Thomas Malory’s Arthuriad Morte Darthur (c.1460-70, 1485), Matt will illustrate his own application of digital tools in ways which are sensitive to, and provide insight into, some of the affordances of medieval manuscript and print texts. He will argue that such a methodology bears striking similarities with the reading and editorial practices of the past and may offer the researcher a unique insight into historical textual practices.
Join us for an interesting paper and discussion, refreshments will be served!