7.0312 Recentiories (1/112)

Sun, 28 Nov 1993 14:35:10 EST

Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 7, No. 0312. Sunday, 28 Nov 1993.

Date: Fri, 26 Nov 1993 17:45:00 -0500 (EST)
From: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu (James O'Donnell)
Subject: RECENTIORES: network e-publishing in Latin

(please repost)
e-Recentiores: a marriage of paper and networked publishing

I am happy to announce the availability of the first hard-copy
volume in a new monograph series I edit for the University of
Michigan Press. The series is called "Recentiores: Later Latin
Texts and Contexts", and the first volume in it is by Michael
Roberts of Wesleyan University: *Poetry and the Cult of the
Martyrs: The "Liber Peristephanon" of Prudentius*. In it, the
author examines how Prudentius creates an idiom to express devotion
to the martyrs, particularly in the structuring of narrative and
the use of poetic language. Roberts demonstrates how Prudentius
employs the model of the martyr cult to articulate the status of
Christian literature, the role of the bishop in the Christian
community, and the symbolic status of Rome in the Christian West.
With the cooperation of the University of Michigan Press, and in
particular of the press's director, Colin Day, and its
classical/medieval editor, Ellen Bauerle, it is my intention to
provide each volume in this series with some value-enhancing
complement available at no charge over the Internet. For the
Roberts volume, which deals with poems as vivid (not to say
graphic) as they are little-known, it seems logical to provide a
copy of the Latin text of all fourteen of the poems in the "Liber
Peristephanon". These may be found on gopher in the directory
called "Recentiores" (on the ccat.sas.upenn.edu gopher under menu
item 12, but traceable by veronica from anywhere), whence they may
be retrieved by gopher or by anonymous ftp. The text is an out-of-
copyright text and may be copied and redistributed freely.
Later volumes in the series will have different e-enhancements.
For Robert Hollander's study of Dante's "Epistle to Cangrande", for
example, the Latin text and an English translation of the letter
itself (courtesy of James Marchand of the University of Illinois)
are already available in the same place, along with the texts of
lectures delivered last spring in London by Professor Hollander
that form the basis of the book to be published in a month or so.
For Siegfried Wenzel's "Macaronic Sermons: Bilingualism and
Preaching in Late-Medieval England", to appear in June, we expect
to have a collection of some of the English/Latin sermons he
studies, offering a body of material for further study much larger
than could ever be economically published in hard cover along with
the study itself. In similar ways, each volume in the series will
be accompanied by some e-text(s) that add to what the published
book can offer.

For further information about the published volumes, contact the
University of Michigan Press directly (by e-mail to
michael_kehoe@um.cc.umich.edu or regular mail to Michael Kehoe, The
University of Michigan Press, 839 Greene Street, P.O. Box 1104,
Ann Arbor, Michigan 48106) or your bookstore; for further
information about the e-texts, contact the undersigned. A standard
blurb for the series follows.

Professor James J. O'Donnell
Department of Classical Studies
720 Williams Hall
University of Pennsylvania
Philadelphia, PA 19104-6305
Voice: 215-898-8734
FAX: 215-898-0933
Internet: jod@ccat.sas.upenn.edu

Recentiores: Later Latin Texts and Contexts

Series Editor: James J. O'Donnell (University of Pennsylvania)

Editorial Board: Paula Fredriksen (Boston University),
James W. Halporn (Indiana University), E. Ann Matter
(University of Pennsylvania), Carol Neel (The Colorado
College), Stephen G. Nichols (The Johns Hopkins
University), Mary Wack (Washington State University)

Latin culture survived Rome's fall by more than a millennium. The
study of Latin texts and the cultural history they embody offers a
rich vein still far from exhaustively mined. This series will
embrace monographs, critical texts, and annotated translations from
any period in the history of post-classical Latin writing.
Literary history, manuscript studies, cultural history, the
'liberal arts' and the technical literature they spawn, and what
may still be called 'intellectual history' of all periods will be
welcome -- from late antiquity to the Renaissance and beyond.

The following volumes have appeared or are firmly scheduled to
appear in early 1994:

Michael Roberts (Wesleyan University):
*Poetry and the Cult of the Martyrs: The "Liber Peristephanon" of
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1993 [available now]
232 pages
ISBN 0-472-10449-7

Robert Hollander (Princeton University)
*Dante's Epistle to Cangrande*
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994 [due in February]
150 pages
ISBN 0-472-10476-4

Siegfried Wenzel (University of Pennsylvania)
*Macaronic Sermons: Bilingualism and Preaching in Late-Medieval
Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994 [due in June]
c. 400 pages
ISBN 0-472-10521-3