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Arielle Saiber to receive the MLA's Scaglione Publication Award

Tuesday, December 6, 2016   (0 Comments)

MLA’S SCAGLIONE PUBLICATION AWARD PRESENTED TO UNIVERSITY OF TORONTO PRESS TO PUBLISH ARIELLE SAIBER’S MEASURED WORDS: COMPUTATION AND WRITING IN RENAISSANCE ITALY

New York, NY – 6 December 2016 – The Modern Language Association of America today announced it is awarding its nineteenth annual Aldo and Jeanne Scaglione Publication Award for a Manuscript in Italian Literary Studies to Arielle Saiber, of Bowdoin College, for Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy, to be published by the University of Toronto Press.

The award is one of seventeen that will be presented on 7 January 2017, during the association’s annual convention, to be held in Philadelphia. The members of the selection committee were Timothy Campbell (Cornell Univ.); Margherita Heyer-Caput (Univ. of California, Davis), chair; and Regina Psaki (Univ. of Oregon). The committee’s citation for the winning manuscript reads:

Arielle Saiber’s Measured Words: Computation and Writing in Renaissance Italy explores the intellectual history of the Renaissance through the lens of the epistemological conversation between calculation and writing and, more broadly, between the sciences and the humanities. This innovative study analyzes representative works by four “computer-writers,” Leon Battista Alberti, Luca Pacioli, Niccolò Tartaglia, and Giambattista Della Porta, who epitomize different yet complementary ways of enacting a constructive dialogue between textual and computational languages. Saiber’s work is remarkable for its interdisciplinary approach, scholarly rigor, clear focus, cohesive structure, engaging rhetoric, and thought-provoking insights into the meaning of digital humanities.

Arielle Saiber is an associate professor of Romance languages and literatures at Bowdoin College. She received her PhD from Yale University and her BA from Hampshire College. Her books include Giordano Bruno and the Geometry of Language and the anthology Images of Quattrocento Florence: Writings on Literature, History and Art. Saiber has coedited a number of special issues of academic journals, including Configurations, Dante Studies, California Italian Studies, and Science Fiction Studies. She is preparing an anthology of Italian science fiction in English for Wesleyan University Press’s Early Classics of Science Fiction series. In 2006 she built the Web-based archive Dante Today: Sightings and Citings of Dante’s Work in Contemporary Culture, which she now edits with Elizabeth Coggeshall. In 2015 she built an extensive, ongoing Web site for the World Science Fiction course she teaches at Bowdoin.

Read the full press release (PDF) on MLA.org.


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