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Open Access 2 In Praise of the Variant Analysis Tool: A Computational Approach to Medieval Literature

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2 In Praise of the Variant Analysis Tool: A Computational Approach to Medieval Literature

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As a matter of fact Cerquiglini, in his Éloge de la variante, eloquently described the philological side of what we were doing in lexicographical project. He proposed to abandon the old approach to medieval text and text editions, and instead to apply a New Philological perspective to medieval texts. He expected that the computer would play a very important role in leading to medieval textual variance. This chapter focuses on Cerquiglini's specific predictions and shows where his words concur with current practice, and where his vision and our current expectations differ. In the latter case, it shows how current, as well as anticipated, technical developments may influence editorial practices in the near future. The chapter pays special attention to the discipline of Stemmatology: the building of family trees of manuscripts. This discipline has an intriguing status when we consider it from Cerquiglini's point of view.

Keywords: Cerquiglini; lexicographical project; medieval text; New Philological perspective; Stemmatology



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