IMC 2008: Sessions

Session 1304: Editing Texts: Challenges and Computing Opportunities

Wednesday 9 July 2008, 16.30-18.00

Moderator/Chair:Robin Waugh, Department of English, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Paper 1304-a'Arthur of Little Britain', a Text Edition: The Making of
(Language: English)
Alexandra Costache-Babcinschi, Centre d'Études Supérieures de Civilisation Médiévale (CESCM), Université de Poitiers / Universitatea București
Index terms: Language and Literature - Middle English, Manuscripts and Palaeography, Printing History
Paper 1304-bDescending into Editing Hell: Editing the Exeter Book's The Descent into Hell
(Language: English)
Mary Rambaran-Olm, School of Critical Studies (English & Scottish Literatures), University of Glasgow
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Old English, Manuscripts and Palaeography
Paper 1304-cThe Intertextuality Search Engine for the Electronic Manipulus florum Project
(Language: English)
Chris Nighman, Department of History, Wilfrid Laurier University, Ontario
Frank Tompa, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Andrew Kane, David R. Cheriton School of Computer Science, University of Waterloo
Index terms: Computing in Medieval Studies, Language and Literature - Latin

Paper -a: My PhD dissertation is going to be almost finished by July 2008. If on the occasion of the 2007 IMC I presented a specific topic related to the Middle English text I’m editing, ‘Arthur of Little Britain’, next year I would like to give a paper on the conclusions I will have reached on my work. Also, the making of a text edition being extremely demanding and laborious, I will be discussing the difficulties encountered during the three years of my PhD studies, as well as the solutions found to different problems.

Paper -b: Although editing any medieval text comes with many challenges, some of the editing problems confronted in editing The Descent into Hell are not typical. The aims of this paper are to discuss the various problems in editing The Descent into Hell, the approaches and methods taken to reach practical solutions, and to feature the fact that the poet did not seem to subscribe to a generic or traditional approach in dealing with the poem’s theme. While shedding light on the poem’s perplexing language, peculiar narrative and curious message, I also intend to highlight the benefits of using multi-media on damaged manuscripts, such as the one containing The Descent into Hell.

Paper -c: This paper will provide a demonstration and explanation of the search engine that we have developed for the online edition of the Manipulus florum ( Unlike other search engines which allow searches of only a single word or short string of words, the Intertextuality Search Engine will allow users to upload entire texts – a sermon, tract, literary work – in order to generate an intertextuality report, primarily in order to identify and analyze texts that were composed by users of the Manipulus, a very influential Latin florilegium that was created at Paris in 1306.