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About Sinai

Post-doctoral fellow at the Polonsky academy, Jerusalem. Interested in text mining the language of dedications, prefaces, letters to the reader and other mainly - but not only - Early Modern kinds of paratext, and more generally, in what the digital humanities may hold for the study of paratext.

The title page II

One recognizes a blossoming scholarly field when the number of results for ”paratext” when searching through a conference program (such as the list of abstracts of the Renaissance Society of America conference in Berlin) exceeds the number of consecutive sessions, and you … Continue reading

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The title page I

Of the various kinds of Early Modern paratext, the title page attracts a fair amount of scholarly attention, and rightly so. To start with, it is the part most replete with information – metadata – about the book, the author, … Continue reading

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Back and Front Matter in the TCP corpora

‘Paratext’ may refer to various parts in, around and about the text. In his famous formula — “Paratext=Peritext+Epitext” — Gerard Genette famously included in his category ‘epitextual’ materials, namely those that are outside the boundaries of a book (or other … Continue reading

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Plotting paratexts 01: extracting dates

Before I move on to the main issue of this blog, and lose those of you who do not share our Paratextomania, you might find the following useful if you wish to analyze the TCP corpora. As historians, one of the first things we … Continue reading

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Happy New Year and Public Domain Day!

I use these hours, when 2015 is already here, but still lingering on its way westward, as a festive opportunity to start a blog which I will dedicate to Early Modern paratexts. I imagine it as a series of notes from a … Continue reading

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Early Modern Paratexts – storyfied highlights

Early Modern Paratexts 2013 was a one-day conference which brought together researchers and readers interested in early modern paratexts. The event was held at the University of Bristol on 26 July 2013, and sponsored by the University of Bristol’s Department … Continue reading

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HASKAMAH

HASKAMAH (Askamah; Heb. אַסְכָּמָה ,הַסְכָּמָה; “agreement,” “approbation”), in Jewish literature, a term with several meanings: (1) Rabbinic approval and approbation of the legal decisions of colleagues, usually attached to the original legal decision and circulated with it. These haskamot sometimes amplify the original, … Continue reading

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A curse in Arabic against book thieves

(From a copy of Dāʾūd Al-Anṭākī’s Taḏkirat)  A blog post from Adam Mccallum of the Hill Museum & Manuscript Library, in HMMLorientalia Saint Mark’s Monastery, Jerusalem, 235 is a thick tome containing Dāʾūd Al-Anṭākī’s (d. 1599) Taḏkirat ulī ‘l-albāb wa-’l-ǧāmiʿ li-’l-ʿaǧab al-ʿuǧāb (The Reminder … Continue reading

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Culpeper’s legacy: How title pages sold books in the 17th century

Tyrkkö, Jukka Jyrki Juhani, University of Helsinki, Finland, jaytyrkko@me.com Suhr, Carla Maria, University of Helsinki, Finland, carla.suhr@helsinki.fiMarttila, Ville, University of Helsinki, Finland, ville.marttila@helsinki.fi Presentation at the Digital Humanities Conference, Hamburg 2012: Source: Lecture2go, http://lecture2go.uni-hamburg.de/konferenzen/-/k/13943 Nicholas Culpeper (1616–1654) was the best … Continue reading

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