Unknown But Not Unknowable: The Network of Identified and Unidentified Hands in the Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript





Early Modem, TEI, Database


This article draws on the Social Edition of the Devonshire Manuscript represented in the form of a Neo4j graph and the practices of digital prosopography to better understand the circulation of poetry in the sixteenth-century English court. A Neo4j can represent attributes of real-world entities in the form of a graph, which can illuminate patterns in large amounts of information that are difficult to retain otherwise. The paper is motivated by the INKE Modelling and Prototyping team’s objective of improving the analysis of extant and developing digital resources in ways that meaningfully extend the codex form. The authors argue that the manuscript has the same value for scholars interested in its unnamed contributors as for those interested in its named contributors.

Author Biographies

Cole Mash, University of British Columbia

Cole Mash is an MA student in English and Creative Writing at the University of British Columbia's Okaganan campus and a researcher assistant in the Humanities Data lab. He is co-editor of the literary magazine OK Magpie.

Constance Crompton, University of British Columbia

Constance Crompton is an Assistant Professor of Digital Humanities, UBC Okanagan and Director of the Humanities Data Lab. She is a researcher with Implementing New Knowledge Environments (INKE)With Michelle Schwartz, she co-directs Lesbian and Gay Liberation in Canada, an infrastructure pilot project of the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory at the University of Alberta. Her workd has been published the Victorian Review, Nineteenth-Century Gender Studies, The UBC Law Review, DS/CN, and Dgital Humanities Quarterly.

INKE Research Group

INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments) is a collaborative research group exploring electronic text, digital humanities, and scholarly communication. The international team involves over 42 researchers, 53 graduate research assistants, 4 staff, 19 postdoctoral fellows, and 30 partners. Email: etcl@uvic.ca

Travis White

Travis White was the former project manager under Dr. Crompton on the LGLC project for two years while he was completing a Bachelor of Arts at UBC Okanagan. He currently lives in Kelowna, BC where he organizes events seeking to present interesting local research.