[Humanist] 27.153 events: Early Modern drama in a digital environment

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Tue Jun 25 22:09:25 CEST 2013

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 27, No. 153.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Tue, 25 Jun 2013 11:13:21 +0000
        From: Jon Millington <Jon.Millington at sas.ac.uk>
        Subject: The Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture: 2 July 2013

Tuesday 2 July 2013: 6.00pm in the Chancellor's Hall, Senate House
The Hilda Hulme Memorial Lecture:

' "Shakespeare His Contemporaries": Exploring Early Modern Drama in a Digital Environment' by Professor Martin Mueller (Professor emeritus of English and Classics, Northwestern University, Illinois)

Students of Early Modern Drama will occasionally look at the "original" text (if there is such a thing), but they will more often work with surrogates, partly because that is all they can get, but also because the surrogate's query potential may in some respects exceed that of the original: given unlimited access to a Shakespeare Folio I may for many purposes prefer to consult the Riverside Shakespeare.  By the end of this decade a young person's first encounter with an Early Modern play is likely to be mediated through some digital tablet. What is the query potential of the digital surrogate, and what does it take to maximize it for "the greate variety of readers, from the most able to him that can but spell," to use the charming language of Shakespeare's first editors?  This talk will focus on three interlocking aspects of this question: 1) curation and exploration as flip sides of the coin of working with digital data, 2) the potential for corpus-wide analysis or more extensive and rapid forms of contextualization, and 3) the promise of the digital medium to support collaboration and let individuals with different interests and talents contribute to the task of improving the texts over time. There are about 500 digital versions of plays by Shakespeare's contemporaries, and many of them could do with quite a bit of improvement.

Free and open to the public, and followed by a wine reception.  If you would like to attend please email: IESEvents at sas.ac.uk<mailto:IESEvents at sas.ac.uk>

Jon Millington
Events Officer
Institute of English Studies
University of London
School of Advanced Study
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