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Archaeology of Reading

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Digitization and its discontents

9 February 2018

In an earlier blog, Matt Symonds discussed some losses which are inevitably part of the process of digitization. The material aspects of books in particular – their size, weight,...

Dee’s Mistakes

30 January 2018

How did John Dee make sense of what he was reading? We at AOR have the luxury of examining Dee’s annotations with the apparatus of stable critical editions, the extensive reserves...

Extending the Archaeology of Reading to study Hamlet

11 January 2018

In a previous blog entry, we talked about how Chris Geekie taught a class studying an annotated Hamlet prompt book from 1676, where the students would study the prompt book in a similar...

The Archaeology of Reading Hamlet

13 December 2017

This past summer I had the opportunity to use the Archaeology of Reading to help teach a course for a group of community college students visiting Johns Hopkins. This course was part...