Over the last several weeks, I’ve been reading the long-awaited, recently published Beowulf: A Translation and Commentary, by J. R. R. Tolkien, edited by Christopher Tolkien (CT). Of course, the internet has been abuzz about this release for quite a while, and reviews have shown up here and there. I decided early in my reading that […]

Many scholars and teachers of the Bible in the medieval period know that a general introduction to the subject is hard to find. There is, of course, the monumental Cambridge History of the Bible (volume 2), as well Beryl Smalley’s The Study of the Bible in the Middle Ages, which remains a landmark, thought it focuses mainly on the twelfth […]

The Day of DH came and went this past Tuesday (April 8), and the internet was abuzz with people’s activities. This year was the first time I got into the mix, since I found out about it only too late to participate last year. I spent my day with others at UConn who are interested in digital […]

One thing that I am continually interested in is how notions of “distant reading” (broadly understood) may be used to think about not only large corpora but also small corpora (as in my Judith project). A few weeks ago, I had a conversation with Yohei Igarashi (recently hired in English at UConn) about his work […]

In Secret Scriptures Revealed: A New Introduction to the Christian Apocrypha (Grand Rapids, MI: Eerdmans, 2013), Tony Burke offers an excellent tour for all those interested in the subject. The book presents a lucid, accessible introduction appropriate to newcomers as well as anyone looking for a big-picture approach to the subject. Burke demonstrates clear knowledge […]

A few days ago, The Chronicle of Higher Education published a piece titled “Undergraduate Science Gains Are Tied to Hands-On Lab Experience,” by Paul Basken. The Chronicle article gives a summary of a study published by Tuajuanda C. Jordan et al. in the open-access journal mBio–and the Chronicle author, Basken, emphasizes the success of science students […]

I have a feeling I’m already behind the trend (with the high pace of digital culture, that’s often the case), but for the past week or so I’ve been mulling over the newly emerged social app called What Would I Say. In short, the online application accesses a user’s past activity on Facebook and generates […]