[Humanist] 29.406 pubs: Electronic Beowulf 4.0

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Tue Oct 20 08:07:44 CEST 2015

                 Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 29, No. 406.
            Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London
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        Date: Mon, 19 Oct 2015 11:44:35 +0000
        From: Andrew Prescott <Andrew.Prescott at glasgow.ac.uk>
        Subject: Electronic Beowulf 4.0

Dear all,

Members of Humanist will I am sure be delighted to learn that on 9 October, Kevin Kiernan, the distinguished Old English scholar and editor of the pioneering digital project ‘Electronic Beowulf', was inducted into the University of Kentucky College of Arts and Sciences ‘Hall of Fame’ by the Dean, Mark Cornbluh. Kevin Kiernan talks about his work and the development of Electronic Beowulf here: https://vimeo.com/141546786.

To celebrate this award, I am pleased to announce that, with the support of the British Library and the University of Kentucky, Version 4.0 of Electronic Beowulf was launched on 10 October. This new version of 'Electronic Beowulf' is, I am pleased to say, freely available online at the following address: 


‘Electronic Beowulf’ comprises a facsimile of Cotton MS Vitellius A.xv, images of readings under ultra-violet light, images made using backlighting of readings concealed by conservation work, facsimiles of the two transcripts made for the Danish scholar Thorkelin, collations of Thorkelin’s first edition of Beowulf with the manuscript by Conybeare and Madden, together with glossary, transcripts, edition and other specialist features including tools for metrical analysis. To my mind, it illustrates how a digital edition can be much more than the kind of colour microfilm we all too often see in digital editions, and shows the potential of digital imaghing to give us new ways of exploring the text.

The onlime version of Electronic Beowulf is further discussed by Stella Wisdom of the British Library in the British Library Digital Scholarship blog and Stella also intriduces here the current BL - Institute of Education project ‘Playing Beowulf’: http://britishlibrary.typepad.co.uk/digital-scholarship/2015/10/electronic-beowulf-40.html


Andrew Prescott FSA FRHistS
Professor of Digital Humanities
AHRC Theme Leader Fellow for Digital Transformations
University of Glasgow

andrew.prescott at glasgow.ac.uk

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