The Cambridge Centre for Material Texts presents its “new forum for the study of the word in the world”.
This is a pilot website that aims at “pushing forward critical, theoretical, editorial and bibliographical work in an area which is galvanizing humanities scholarship. Addressing a huge range of textual phenomena and traversing disciplinary boundaries that are rarely breached by day-to-day teaching and research, the Centre will foster the development of new perspectives, practices and technologies, which will transform our understanding of the way that texts of many kinds have been embodied and circulated”.
This initiative addresses two questions: 1) what is a material text?; 2) in which way do materials, tools, media, and wordly circumstances affect the production and the dissemination of a text?
Both questions are fundamental when collecting and editing fragmentary texts.