By Orietta Da Rold: Middle Ages on the web in Italy, Britain and USA: a survey, a prospective
The WWW has become one of the most powerful tools for study and research in many areas, including the Middle Ages, and its influence continues to grow. There are numerous sites in this area, and this paper aims at presenting and comparing the quality of Internet publication in Italy, Britain and USA. It will be a survey, a prospective. It will focus on selected sites. In particular, I shall be looking at Medieval Manuscript Studies and related pages, hoping to open a discussion. During the last year the study of the Italian web has undergone a major development. Important universities' web sites have appeared, but often projects are based on self-supported and non-affiliated individuals. The Medioevo Italiano Project tried to respond to the lack of interest shown by scholars. By contrast, British and American web site have a long-established tradition of publishing images, data and secondary sources, for they consider the use of Internet publication an essential tool in teaching. The paper presents a detailed assessment of this situation, searching for answers to the question of how to improve and promote the Medieval studies on the web in Italy.
By Orietta Da Rold: Dal testo manoscritto al testo elettronico, un caso: 'THE CANTERBURY TALES'
This new journal is a first step toward a link between the Middle Ages in Italy and the electronic medium. For the occasion, I present a report about an electronic Project, which was started of in England in1990 and is still working to meet its ambitious initial aims. To make available, in computer-readable form, transcripts, images, collations, and analyses of all eighty-four extant manuscripts and four pre-1500 printed editions of the Canterbury Tales. Chaucer wrote The Canterbury Tales towards the end of the fifteenth century. The poem is a collection of tales, which are joined by links (epilogue or prologue to the tale as known among editors) and told within the motif of a pilgrimage. The poem is uncompleted, fragmentary and survives in a large number of witnesses datable 1400-1500. The project has developed computer software in order to explore again the large textual tradition of this poem. This paper will focus on the reasons why the project was founded and on the result that it has achieved in the years. I believe that many of the research tools that are developed and used by the Project could be set as an example to explore different textual traditions, also beyond the boundaries of the Middle Ages.
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