On Thursday, March 9, the Literature, Criticism, and Textual Studies Speaker Series Presents a talk by Elaine Treharne (Stanford University), titled “Making a Mark(up): Medieval Manuscripts as Landscapes of Life in the Digital Age,” at 3:30pm in 1210 McClung Tower.
This talk examines the medieval manuscript as a repository into which many users deliberately made their permanent (and sometimes only recorded) mark centuries ago. It also considers the way these books have an impact now. Using examples that extend from the ninth to the fifteenth centuries—from the aristocratic owner to the casual reader–Professor Treharne looks at the subsequent histories of medieval manuscripts as permanent vessels for the transmission of text in the digital age. How do contemporary archives and library curate, display and frame their books? What marks of discoverability are made available to scholars and interested browsers? How do we recover the lives of the ghosts that still inhabit these unique and remarkable artefacts?
Elaine Treharne is Roberta Bowman Denning Professor of Humanities and Professor of English at Stanford University, where she serves as the Director of Stanford’s Center for Spatial and Textual Analysis (CESTA) and the Director of Stanford Text Technologies. A specialist in early British manuscripts and material culture, Professor Treharne is the author of several print and electronic books, including A Very Short Introduction to Medieval Literature (2015); Living Through Conquest: The Politics of Early English, 1020 to 1220 (2012); The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220 (co-author, 2010), and Old and Middle English, c. 890-1490: An Anthology (2009), and she has served as the Principal Investigator for NEH- and AHRC-funded research grants.