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Estimating the Loss of Medieval Literature with an Unseen Species Model from Ecodiversity

Estimating the Loss of Medieval Literature with an Unseen Species Model from Ecodiversity

Paper by Mike Kestemont and Folgert Karsdorp

Given at Dark Archives 20/20: A Voyage into the Medieval Unread and Unreadable conference, held online on September 8-10, 2020

How much medieval literature has been lost to us? Using a quantitative model from biodiversity in ecology, we attempt to answer this question for Middle Dutch chivalric epics, with intriguing results.

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Mike Kestemont is an associate professor in the department of literature at the University of Antwerp. Click here to view his website or follow him on Twitter @Mike_Kestemont

Folgert Karsdorp is a researcher at KNAW Meertens Instituut. Click here to view his website or follow him on Twitter @FolgertK

Their article, “Estimating the Loss of Medieval Literature with an Unseen Species Model from Ecodiversity,” is published in Workshop on Computational Humanities Research. Click here to read it.

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Top Image: British Library MS Additional 15410   fol. 177v 

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