About the Project

The project will apply new digital tools and methods now under development at the University of Washington to the creation of a digital edition of the original 1546 version of the Tezkere (poet biographies) of Laṭīfī.  The only modern edition of the Tezkere is based on a substantially rewritten version that appears in finished form only in 1574, some 8 years after the appearance of Āşıḳ Çelebi’s tezkere, Meşā’irü’ş-Şu’arā.  In this context, the edition will fill a serious gap in published sources for the history of Ottoman literature and the development of Ottoman prose style.  The project PI is also preparing for publication digital stylistics studies and visualizations based on the manuscript history of the Latifi Tezkere.