10 April 2008

Virtually Anglo-Saxon review

My undergraduate mentor at Hood College, Martin Foys, released his first book last year, Virtually Anglo-Saxon: Old Media, New Media, and Early Medieval Studies in the Late Age of Print.

It's a thoughtful assessment of the limitations of print in medieval studies, and the value of moving into the digital age. At the same time, the book is very conscious of itself as a book, acknowledging the continued importance of print in scholarship.

I indexed it, and figure if anyone complains about how bad the index sucks, I can cry: look, see! the limitations of the book! It's really an exercise in theory, is what it is.

His work has had an enormous influence on my own thinking, so I was glad to see Virtually Anglo-Saxon get its first review -- and a rave, at that. It's accessible here if you have access to Project MUSE. Congrats to Professor Foys.

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