All events are held at the Annmary Brown Memorial (21 Brown Street) at 5:30 PM and free of charge unless otherwise indicated.
The Rhode Island Medieval Circle Lectures
Thursday, Oct. 16. Prof. Laurie Shepard (Boston College)
"Women Troubadours and the Preservation of their Poetry in Southern French and Northern Italian Manuscripts"
Laurie Shepard is an Associate Professor of Italian in the Department of Romance Languages and Literatures at Boston College (Chestnut Hill, Massachusetts). Her research focuses on medieval literature, and she has published on Medieval Latin epistolography (Courting Power: Persuasion and Politics in the Early Thirteenth Century, Garland, 1999), and lyric poetry, including an edition the trobairitz (Bruckner, M., Shepard L. and White, S. Songs of the Women Troubadours, Garland, 1995; paperback, Taylor & Francis 2000). Her current research also includes Renaissance comedy, and she is working on a website that will reconstruct the communities that produced, performed and published comedies in the early decades of the sixteenth century in Italy.
- Thursday, Nov. 15. Francisco Gago-Jover (Holy Cross)
"Big Data for the Spanish Middle Ages: The Old Spanish Textual Archive."
The creation of digital collections of texts, or textual corpora, for research and preservation may be one of the seminal technological innovations in the digital humanities that still remains at the core of many text-oriented disciplines, including those belonging to medieval studies. When creating a textual corpus, digital humanists face many key choices that will determine their project’s success. These decisions include the selection of standards, format types, methods for text recollection, searchability, access, lemmatization, and interoperability, among others. In this talk I will discuss the development of the Old Spanish Textual Archive (OSTA), a morphologically tagged and lemmatized corpus of more than 25 million words, based on the more than 400 semi-paleographic transcriptions of medieval texts written in Castilian, Asturian, Leonese, Navarro-Aragonese and Aragonese prepared by the collaborators of the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies (HSMS).
Francisco Gago-Jover is Professor of Spanish at the College of the Holy Cross. He received his Ph.D. in Hispano Romance Linguistics and Philology at the University of Wisconsin-Madison in 1997 with a dissertation on Medieval Spanish military lexicography. He is the author of two dictionaries, an edition of the Spanish version of the Art of Dying Well, numerous articles on lexicography, and several paleographical transcriptions of medieval Spanish texts. He has taught doctorate courses in different universities in the United States (University of Massachusetts-Amherst and Boston University) and Spain (Universidad de León, Universidad de Valladolid, and Universitat de les Illes Balears). He is the Director of Digital Projects at the Hispanic Seminary of Medieval Studies and is in charge of the Digital Library of the Old Spanish Texts and the Old Spanish Textual Archive.
- Thursday, March 21. Warren C. Brown (Caltech,) TBD.