A critical edition of the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym

Project start date: 2002-10 Project end date: 2006-12
An AHRC-funded project 2002-7 which produced a digital edition of the work of Dafydd ap Gwilym (a Welsh poet of the 14th century). The work consists of 171 poems, almost all of which survive in manuscripts between 100 and 200 years later than their original composition, and bear signs of textual corruption deriving from oral transmission. Original texts have been restored as far as possible (bearing in mind that the poet's compositions may not have had an entirely fixed form). The methodology of textual reconstruction is explicit, set out in notes and a general textual essay, in contrast to the somewhat arbitrary and subjective quality of the texts in Thomas Parry's Gwaith Dafydd ap Gwilym (1952). Critical texts are accompanied by transcriptions and digital images of the earliest manuscripts, paraphrases in modern Welsh and English translations, textual and explanatory notes, and recordings of readings of the poems. At least 20 of the poems are of uncertain authorship, and the arguments for and against their authenticity are set out, including a full account of the large body of apocrypha attributed to Dafydd ap Gwilym.
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Methods usedCategory
2d scanning and photographyData capture
CollatingData analysis
General website developmentData publishing and dissemination
IndexingData analysis
LemmatisationData structuring and enhancement
Manual input and transcriptionData capture
Searching and queryingData analysis
Sound compressionData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingData structuring and enhancement
Sound editingPractice-led research
Sound encodingData structuring and enhancement
Sound recordingData capture
Sound recordingPractice-led research
Text encoding - descriptiveData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - presentationalData structuring and enhancement
Text encoding - referentialData structuring and enhancement
Funding sources: 
Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC)
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Source material used:  
Manuscripts ranging in date from the 14th to the 17th century, held mainly at the National Library of Wales in Aberystwyth, and also at the British Library, Cardiff City Library and Bangor University Library. The edition contains both digital images of the manuscripts (derived from microfilm) and transcriptions of their texts.
Digital resource created:  
Edited texts of 170 medieval Welsh poems, with digital images and transcriptions of manuscripts, Welsh paraphrase and English translation, textual and explanatory notes in Welsh and English, and recordings of readings of the poems. The resource aims to make these complex poems accessible to both Welsh- and English-speaking readers
Access to digital resource:  
Open Access
Metadata standards employed: 
Text Encoding Initiative (TEI)
Publications:  
Johnston, Dafydd. 'Dafydd ap Gwilym and oral tradition'. Studia Celtica XXXVII (2003): 143–62.
Dafydd Johnston et al (eds), Cerddi Dafydd ap Gwilym (University of Wales Press, 2010)

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UK HE institutions involved:
Swansea University
University of Wales

Project staff and expertise: 

Principal staff member:Professor Dafydd Johnston; Dr Cynfael Lake; Dr Huw M Edwards; Dr Dylan F Evans
Other staff:Computing officer(s) / Technical supporter(s), Postdoctoral researcher(s) / Research assistant(s)
External expertise:Steering committee of specialists in the field of medieval Welsh poetry


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Author(s) of recordDafydd Johnston
TitleA critical edition of the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym
Record created2010-06-14
Record updated2011-01-27 14:28
URL of recordhttp://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2179
Citation of recordDafydd Johnston: A critical edition of the poetry of Dafydd ap Gwilym. <http://www.arts-humanities.net/node/2179> created: 2010-06-14, last updated 2011-01-27 14:28
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