Dr Orietta Da Rold, St John's
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.
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). I’m currently working on a major book project on the role of paper in medieval literary history and book production in England up to the introduction of print, the book is provisionally entitled From Pulp to Fictions: Paper in Late Medieval English Book Culture. The initial stages of this project, which started many years ago, were funded by 'The Bibliographical Society' with a Falconer Madan Award, which led to a visiting scholarship at Wolfson College, Oxford. I'm also editing two major collections of essays. A special issue for Essays and Studies, which is entitled Writing Europe 500-1450: Texts and Contexts, brings together papers on a range of topics in medieval manuscript studies and textual criticism, seeking to explore these issues from a pan-European perspective, and the Cambridge Companion to Medieval British Manuscripts will offer fundamental advice on a know-how basis, showing its readers not just the importance of working with a Medieval manuscript, but also how to approach it from its different multifaceted angles.
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 on the Digging Deeper Project, which develops on-line material for the teaching of Manuscripts Studies. A presentation video can be found here.
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. Recently, I've convened 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 which was 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
Books and Editions:
(ed.), Writing Europe 500-1450: Texts and Contexts, with Philip Shaw and Aidan Conti, special issue for Essays and Studies (in preparation for 2015).
(ed.), The Multitext Edition: Eight Manuscripts of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Norman Blake Editions of The Canterbury Tales, with Simon Horobin, Michael Pidd, Estelle Stubbs and Claire Thomson with Linda Cross (HRI online, forthcoming), ISBN: 978-0-9571022-1-7.
(ed.), The Dd Manuscript: A Digital Edition of Cambridge University Library, MS Dd.4.24 of Chaucer's Canterbury Tales, The Norman Blake Editions of The Canterbury Tales (HRI online, 2013), ISBN: 978-0-9571022-0-0, http://www.chaucermss.org/Dd
(guest ed.), New Medieval Literature, with Mary Swan and Elaine Treharne, 13 (2012 for 2011). ISBN 978-2-503-53653-8.
(ed.), 'E-medieval: Teaching, Research, and the Net’, with Elaine Treharne, Special issue, Literature Compass (2012), http://onlinelibrary.wiley.com/doi/10.1111/lico.2012.9.issue-12/issuetoc.
(ed.), English Manuscripts before 1400, with A.G.S. Edwards, English Manuscripts Studies: 1100-1700 (British Library Publishing, 2012), ISBN 9780712358835.
(ed.), The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, with Takako Kato, Mary Swan and Elaine Treharne (eds.) (Leicester, School of English University of Leicester, 2010), ISBN 095323195x, version 1.0 (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/)
(ed.), Textual Culture, Cultural Texts, 1000-2010, with Elaine Treharne, special issue of Essays and Studies (Boydell & Brewer, 2010) ISBN: 9781843842392.
Manuscripts Online, http://www.manuscriptsonline.org/
Articles and Essays
‘Codicology’, The Encyclopaedia of Medieval British Literature, ed. Sian Echard and Robert Rouse (Oxford: Wiley-Blackwell, forthcoming 2015).
‘Medieval Manuscript Studies: an European Perspective’ with Marilena Maniaci in Writing Europe 500-1450: Texts and Contexts, with Philip Shaw and Aidan Conti, special issue for Essays and Studies (in preparation for 2015).
‘Codicology, Localization and Oxford, Bodleian Library, MS. Laud. Misc. 108’ in The Makers and Users of Medieval Books, edited by Derek Pearsall and Carol Meale (Boydell & Brewer, 2014), pp. 48-59.
‘Digital Humanities, Libraries and Federated Searching: The Manuscripts Online Project’, Digitale Rekonstruktionen mittelalterlicher Bibliotheken (Reichert, 2014), pp. 71-79.
'New Challenges to the Editing of Chaucer’, in Editing Medieval Texts from Britain in the Twenty-First Century, edited by Anne Hudson and Vincent Gillespie (Brepols, 2013), pp. 481-92.
‘Making the Book: Cambridge, University Library Ii.1.33’, New Medieval Literature 13 (2012 for 2011), pp. 273-88.
‘Linguistic Contiguities: English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220’, with Mary Swan, in Conceptualizing Multilingualism, edited by Elizabeth Tyler (Brepols, 2012), pp. 255-70.
‘Materials’ in The Production of Books in England c.1350–c.1530, edited by Alexandra Gillespie and Daniel Wakelin (CUP, 2011), pp. 12-33.
'Editing Chaucer after Manly and Rickert', Studies in the Age of Chaucer, 32 (2010), 375-82.
Authored several manuscript descriptions, in The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, Orietta Da Rold, Takako Kato, Mary Swan and Elaine Treharne (eds.) (Leicester, School of English University of Leicester, 2010), ISBN 095323195x, version 1.0 (http://www.le.ac.uk/ee/em1060to1220/)
'Manuscript Production before Chaucer: Some Preliminary Observations' in Textual Culture, Cultural Texts, 1000-2010, edited by Orietta Da Rold and Elaine Treharne,special issue of Essays and Studies (Boydell & Brewer, 2010), pp. 43-58.
'Textual Copying and Transmission' in Oxford Handbook of Medieval English Literature, edited by Greg Walker and Elaine Treharne (OUP, 2010), pp. 33-56.
‘The Linguistic Stratification in the Cambridge University Library Dd Copy of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales’, with Jacob Thaisen, Neuphilologische Mitteillungen, 110 (2009), 283-297.
‘Fingerprinting Paper in West Midlands Medieval Manuscripts’ in Essays in Manuscript Geography: Vernacular Manuscripts of the English West Midlands from the Conquest to the Sixteenth Century, ed. W. Scase (Brepols, 2007), pp. 257-71.
‘The Significance of Scribal Corrections in Cambridge University Library, MS Dd.4.24’, The Chaucer Review, 41.4 (2007), 393-436.
Authored and contributed to several manuscript descriptions, Manuscripts of the West Midlands: A Catalogue of Vernacular Manuscript Books of the English West Midlands, c. 1300 - c. 1475, with Rebecca Farnham and Wendy Scase (Birmingham: University of Birmingham, 2006), <http://www.hrionline.ac.uk/mwm/>
‘Re-sourcing the Production and Use of English Manuscripts 1060 to 1220’, Literature Compass, 3.4 (2006), 750-66.
‘The Quiring System in Cambridge, University Library MS. Dd.4.24.’, The Library, 7th series, 4 (2003), 10-24.