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The Old Bailey Online, 1674-1834

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Old Bailey Proceedings form one of the largest bodies of published text ever created, detailing the lives and experiences of non-elite people. Containing 25 million words of text, they record the evidence given at and outcome of 100,000 trials held at the Old Bailey. This project has created a searchable text-base, that can be used for free text searching, structured searching of marked-up text, and statistical analysis. This resource has been made available online and free of charge to any one with an internet connection.

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A Descriptive Catalogue of the James M. Carpenter Collection of Traditional Song and Drama

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The James Madison Carpenter Collection of Traditional Song and Drama is one of the most important and extensive collections of its kind. The bulk of it comprises British material which Carpenter (1888-1983), a Harvard graduate, gathered in the period 1928-35. The remainder comprises material gathered from various parts of the USA and probably dates from immediately after this period.

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Analysing the Mitchell and Kenyon Collection in relation to regional and non-fiction films 1900-1911

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Mitchell and Kenyon collection has substantially challenged the traditional view of early cinema in that it has shifted the emphasis to exhibition and audience response away from film production and technique. The Collection has provided empirical evidence that the spread and exploitation of cinema in the first decade of the twentieth century outside the South East basis was primarily undertaken by itinerant showmen.

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Partonopeus de Blois: an Electronic Resource

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

"Partonopeus de Blois" was one of the most popular romances composed in the 12th century, and played a key role in the development of Old French narrative literature. Analysis of the text is complicated by the fact that it exists in a number of different versions, which are difficult to study using a conventional printed edition. This project has produced an electronic resource that allows researchers to read and compare all the different versions in detail, without having to work from the original manuscripts (held in libraries from Yale to the Vatican) or microfilms.

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A critical edition of the Acts and Monuments by John Foxe

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John Foxe’s famous ‘Book of Martyrs’ is a foundation text for the English Reformation. Its vision has profoundly influenced English culture. This project completes the task of making the whole of Foxe’s text available in an innovative on-line edition in which specialists and non-specialists alike can appreciate the ways in which Foxe sought to counter his critics, absorb new materials, and justify the protestant reformation to his contemporaries. In Books 1-9, Foxe put this reformation into its deeper historical, ecclesiastical and theological perspective.

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The Online Froissart Project

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The Online Froissart is a joint project based in the French Departments of the Universities of Sheffield and Liverpool. It is delivering an interactive, searchable edition of Books I-III of Jean Froissart's Chronicles, the most important prose history in French of the Hundred Years' War, covering the years 1325-1390.

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Plebeian Lives and the Making of Modern London, 1690-1800

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Plebeian Lives and the Making of Modern London, 1690-1800 aims to create a digital archive of manuscript and printed sources concerning the lives of ordinary people in eighteenth-century London, focusing on poor relief, criminal justice, and medical care. It also integrates existing electronic resources, making use of recent technical advances in the analysis of multiple digital sources. The result will be a freely-available web-based resource enabling the reconstruction of ‘ordinary’ lives in the round, rather than as documented in single contacts with administrative bodies.

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The Sheffield Corpus of Chinese

Posted by arts-humanities.net on March 29, 2015

The initial feasibility study 'Chinese Texts in Electronic Form for Linguistic Analysis' was based on a limited number of Chinese text samples from the Song (960-1279), Ming (1366-1644) and Qing (1644-1911) dynasties: a formal prose in the Southern-Song period; a martial arts fiction in the Ming Dynasty; and a general fiction in the Qing Dynasty.

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