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Digital Lemmatized Edition of Prose 2 (Franco-Italian prosification of Benoît de Sainte-Maure's Roman de Troie)

Project description

Digital lemmatisation of Prose 2

The interest of Prose 2 (the second mise en prose of Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie) lies in that it originated in Italy as French text. It received little critical attention and was largely overlooked by medievalists. The EU-funded PRODIGI project aims to produce a lemmatised diplomatic digital edition of this unpublished text of the Franco-Italian Middle Ages. It will also underscore the contribution of Italian scribes in the spread of medieval French literature. As part of the study and lemmatisation, a dictionary of Prose 2 will also be created and included in the DiFrI-Dictionary of Franco-Italian, a project based at Padua University.

Objective

The project aims to produce a lemmatized diplomatic digital edition of a hitherto unpublished text of the Franco-Italian Middle Ages, the second mise en prose of Benoît de Sainte-Maure’s Roman de Troie or Prose 2 (ante 1289). The interest of Prose 2 lies, among other things, in being an original French text written in Italy (Veneto). It is therefore a particularly significant witness of the Franco-Italian textual and linguistic galaxy, which has seen a renewed interest over the past decade, especially with regard to the contribution made by Italian scribes in the spread of medieval French literature. Finally, from the point of view of cultural history, Prose 2 is a key component of the Italian reception of the Trojan narrative, a complex panorama that is still being defined in detail. From this perspective, the Paduan-Venetian region between the thirteenth and fourteenth centuries shows a singular receptivity: several cities, primarily Venice and Padua, endorse a mythology of origins entirely based on the world of Trojan heroes. As Trojan history becomes integrated into urban historiography, this “familiarity with the ancient” contributes to the later emergence of a cultural attitude known as “Veneto pre-humanism”. The typology of the proposed edition is a digital diplomatic edition allowing the manipulation of the text for the purposes of linguistic analysis, in particular lemmatization, and the creation of a dictionary of Prose 2, to be also included in the DiFrI-Dictionary of the Franco-Italian, a project based at Padua University. With respect to her background as a researcher, this fellowship will have a crucial impact on the career of the applicant, offering concrete possibilities to attain an academic position. The activities planned during this two-year fellowship (organization of two workshop and one international conference) will allow to significantly bolster her CV, whose key strength is currently represented by individual research activity.

Coordinator

UNIVERSITA DEGLI STUDI DI PADOVA
Net EU contribution
€ 171 473,28
Address
VIA 8 FEBBRAIO 2
35122 Padova
Italy

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Region
Nord-Est Veneto Padova
Activity type
Higher or Secondary Education Establishments
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Total cost
€ 171 473,28