My current book project, Veni, Vidi, Wiki: A Prehistory of Digital Textuality,
examines the premodern principles that inform digital writing, such as blogging, wiki
editing, and social networking. Models for these collaborative productions of knowledge
are centuries old, originating in early medieval practices for collecting and organizing
information about the natural world in manuscripts that could be expanded, glossed, and
illustrated by and for an increasingly popular and multilingual readership. From the
eleventh century onwards, the scholars who produced this academic work were trained in
multiple modes of discourse, including vernacular translation, encyclopedic compilation,
academic debate, interpretive commentary, and letter writing. To determine how these
premodern textual practices have shaped the hypertextual character of digital
environments, I have organized my project according to their shared literary modes:
translation, compilation, disputation, elaboration, and communication. While vast
differences – particularly regarding speed and access – clearly exist between medieval
and digital textualites, the prevalence of these dialectical ways of knowing suggest that
pre-Enlightenment notions of originality, authority, correctness, and collectivity
reemerge within the popular, collaborative, dynamic, and hypertextual spaces that have
come to define 21st century Internet culture. Ultimately, this project brings medieval
and digital studies into dialogue through the shared challenges they offer to entrenched
notions of academic expertise and the authority of the printed book. 

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Translating Troy: Provincial Politics in Alliterative Romance (2013)

For Geoffrey Chaucer and many of his contemporaries, the literary life of England began in...

 

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A Prehistory of Resistance to Writing Across the Curriculum, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (2012)

Try to identify the following educational scenario: The compulsory writing course does not exist. If...

 

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Wikipedia as Imago Mundi, Studies in Medieval and Renaissance Teaching (2010)
 

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Constructing the Innocence of the First Textual Encounter (with Cheryl Nixon and Rajini Srikanth), Human Architecture (2010)

Three faculty members from UMass Boston's English Department—a team responsible for the department’s M.A. course...

 

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The Medieval Writing Workshop, The Once and Future Classroom: Resources for Teaching the Middle Ages in Grades K-12 (2008)

If we compare elementary and secondary school classrooms today with their grammar school predecessors of...