Dr Orietta da Rold



Biographical Information:

I am a University Lecturer, Fellow at St John’s College and a member of the Center for Material Texts.  Before coming to Cambridge, I was at Leicester and before that I covered research positions at Oxford, Birmingham and Leeds. 

Research Interests:

My research interests are in medieval literature and texts c. 1100-1500, Chaucer and the digital humanities. In particular, I work on the social and cultural context of the circulation and transmission of medieval texts and books, and research the codicology and palaeography of medieval manuscripts. I have published articles and books on the examination of Old and Middle English literary traditions from a material perspective, and on the use of electronic media in the humanities. I am the editor of several books, including A Digital Facsimile of Cambridge, University Library, MS Dd.4.24 of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales (hriOnline, 2013). My current project is a monograph length study of the revolutionary impact of paper in medieval manuscript production, whose initial stages were funded by 'The Bibliographical Society' with a Falconer Madan Award, which led to a visiting scholarship at Wolfson College, Oxford. 

My interest in medieval manuscripts and technology lead to an ESF Exploratory Workshop (co-applicant with Wendy Scase, Birmingham) 'Applying Semantic Web Technologies To Medieval Manuscript Research', which took place in Birmingham in late March 2009. The ESF workshop inspired a new digital humanities project: Manuscripts Online (JISC, e-content Capital Programme), co-directed with Michael Pidd (HRI, SHeffield). This is a major collaborative project which will enable users to search a very large body of online primary resources relating to written and early printed culture in Britain during the period 1000 to 1500. I aslo co-directed the AHRC Project, 'The Production and Use of English Manuscripts:1060 to 1220), and I am currently involved with colleagues at the University Library and at Stanford University in developing on-line material for the teaching of Manuscripts Studies ('Digging Deeper'). 

I have organised several international conferences and postgraduate events. I am an advocate for postgraduate and early career training, and I am involved with the Quadrivium Project. I am currently convening and organising, with Dr Philip Shaw (University of Leicester), Aidan Conti (University of Bergen) and Dr Richard Dance (University of Cambridge) the 2014 run of Writing Britain: 500-1500 to be held in the Faculty of English, University of Cambridge, 30 June to 2 July 2014.

I tweet on Digital Humanities, Manuscripts in Byte Size, Medieval Texts and more: @orietta_darold. Views my own.

Areas of Graduate Supervision:

I have supervised a number of postgraduate projects and PhD theses in medieval manuscript studies, medieval languages and textual cultures. I teach on the MPhil in Medieval and Renaissance Literature.

I would welcome research proposals on:

Medieval literature in context, including Chaucer;
Multilingualism in medieval manuscripts;
Authorship, reading-habits and book production (1100-1500);
Manuscript studies (1100-1500);
Medieval material textual cultures, including focused codicological, palaeographical and linguistic studies;
Medieval studies and digital humanities;
Editing and textual studies.


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Selected Publications