Thursday, January 21, 2010

New, forthcoming, and older Multitext related publications

In May of last year, the Center for Hellenic Studies and Harvard University Press published Recapturing a Homeric Legacy: Images and Insights from the Venetus A Manuscript of the Iliad. This book consists of seven essays and a variety of high resolution images of the Venetus A, the oldest complete text of the Iliad in existence, meticulously crafted during the tenth century ce.

In Spring 2010,  the Center for Hellenic Studies and Harvard University Press will publish Iliad 10 and the Poetics of Ambush: A Multitext Edition with Essays and Commentary. In this book Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott use approaches based on oral traditional poetics to illuminate many of the interpretive questions that strictly literary approaches find unsolvable. The introductory essays explain their textual and interpretive approaches and explicate the ambush theme within the whole Greek epic tradition. The critical texts (presented as a sequence of witnesses, including the tenth-century Venetus A manuscript and select papyri) highlight the individual witnesses and the variations they offer. The commentary demonstrates how the unconventional Iliad 10 shares in the oral traditional nature of the whole epic, even though its poetics are specific to its nocturnal ambush plot.

In early 2009 Digital Humanities Quarterly published a special issue in honor of Ross Scaife, founder of the Stoa Consortium.  See Casey Dué and Mary Ebbott, "Digital Criticism: Editorial Standards for the Homer Multitext," Neel Smith, "Citation in Classical Studies," and Christopher W. Blackwell and Thomas R. Martin, "Technology, Collaboration, and Undergraduate Research."

See also Homeric Questions by Gregory Nagy,  Homeric Variations on a Lament by Briseis by Casey Dué, and Imagining Illegitimacy in Classical Greek Literature by Mary Ebbott, together with a variety of other publications on the CHS website. Coming soon to the CHS website and the Milman Parry Collection of Oral Literature: Albert Lord's The Singer of Tales.