Guest lecturing @ SJSU, #bigger6 graduate seminar, with activities

Last evening, I had the pleasure of guest lecturing in Prof. Katherine D. Harris’s graduate seminar, “#Bigger6: Decolonizing British Romantic Literature (1775-1835) through Print Culture” (ENGL 232), from 7-8:30pm. My presentation had two parts. First, I gave a 45-minute lecture on the Stainforth library and its potential as #bigger6 activism, or the broadening of the scope of Romanticism beyond the study of the same 6-ish white male writers (John Keats, William Wordsworth, Samuel Taylor Coleridge, George Gordon Byron, Percy Shelley, William Blake, plus Sir Walter Scott, etc.). After this, I led a 30-minute exploration of DH project planning and management….

Romanticism on the Net, 2 Contributions

Romanticism on the Net (RoN) has relaunched, and with its reissue I’m proud to have two contributions to the new site, both DH-related. The first is my essay on Romantic London – Mathew Sangster’s wonderful project that maps the sites of London as depicted within various Romantic era books upon a base map of Richard Horwood’s Plan of the Cities of London and Westminster (1792-99). My essay is billed as a “Digital Review,” but my editor for the project requested an essay that does more argumentative “close reading” of a project than one usually sees in a review, and I’m proud of that. Read the essay to learn about…

Frankenreads Monster Read-a-thon at SCU, with Photo Gallery

From College Notes 11-16-18: “Kirstyn Leuner (English) organized a marathon reading of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein on Halloween to celebrate the 200th anniversary of the novel, published in 1818. A mix of students, faculty, staff, and community members read 15-minute increments of the novel from a podium staged just outside of University Library, in front of a spooky forest backdrop and other themed decorations. The event lasted from 8am until 5pm, with Michelle Burnham’s (English) CTW class and Matt Gomes (English) uttering the creature’s final words. The Department of English, University Library, the Center for Arts and Humanities and the English Club generously sponsored the event. SCU’s event…

Undergraduates in the Archives at SCU

On June 7, 2018, the students of three Spring term classes presented collaborative book and digital exhibits in Special Collections and Archives at Santa Clara University. For their part, my students in ENG 144G, “18th-century British Women’s Writing,” curated an exhibit celebrating the 200th anniversary of the publication of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein (1818).  Students wrote an introduction to our exhibit, short essays about each book, captions for each item, and reflections. Visit our digital exhibit here: https://scufrankenstein.omeka.net/. Our course foregrounded questions of what it means for women writers to be canonical, who is solidly in the canon, and perceiving the long continuum…

Siobhan Senier @ SCU: Decolonizing archives, Dawnlandvoices.org

Grateful to have Siobhan Senier at SCU today talking about decolonizing archives, Dawnlandvoices.org, Native American writing, and Digital Humanities. Her talk is at 4pm, Learning Commons, 3rd Floor Gallery (310). With accompanying Special Collections materials on display, thanks to Nadia Nasr. Thank you to my collaborators Michelle Burnham and Amy Lueck; the Faculty Collaborative for Teaching Innovation; DH Working Group @SCU; University Library; and Departments of English, Ethnic Studies, Art and Art History, and History.

Frankenstein @ 200 Collaboration

Throughout 2018, I will be collaborating with professors Katherine D. Harris (SJSU) and Omar Miranda (USF) to celebrate the 200th anniversary of Mary Shelley’s publication of Frankenstein (1818). Visit our website to see a list of related events in the Bay Area as well as other resources relating to studying Frankenstein. https://frankenstein200yrs.wordpress.com/ Tweet us or follow us on Twitter: @Frank200yrs Upcoming highlights: 2/28/18, “Frankenstein at the Ballet” lecture by Professor Ellen Peel (SJSU) 5/1/18, “Deep Humanities” 1-day symposium and student poster session, led by Dr. Revathi Krishnaswamy (SJSU) Fall 2018 collaborative rare book exhibits at SCU, SJSU, and USF, with linked electronic captions…

Romantic Circles Pedagogies Reading Group, meet 1/25/18 to discuss “The Bride of the Greek Isle” (Hemans)

Romantic Circles Pedagogies is looking to assemble a porous group of scholars at all levels who want to discuss canonical and emerging texts — an open, generous, and collegial community of readers and teachers. Each term, RC Pedagogies will host a virtual reading group on a predetermined text at a set date/time via video-chat on Zoom, an online video-conferencing system (free and easy to use). We envision these events as broadly pedagogical moments for graduate students and established scholars alike who want to increase their own knowledge of the field and/or discover new ways to teach the work. The conversation…

A Negress in Stainforth’s Catalogue

My research partner, Dr. Kirstyn Leuner, understands that my initial interest in the Stainforth Library of Women’s Writing DH project was to recover the works of long forgotten women. Shortly after launching ourselves on this path, a narrower interest grew and I wanted to identify women of color in this 19th-century book collector’s holdings. Imagine my delight when I “discovered” a second mention of an African American woman writer in the Catalogue of the Library of Female Authors of the Rev. J.F. Stainforth.  An entry for Ann Plato appears in the catalogue on page 356 as “P.5 Plato (Ann –…

Vignette: Alice Flowerdew, Robert Bloomfield, and VIAF #Fail

It is stunning to me that Alice Flowerdew does not have a record in VIAF.org, the Virtual International Authority File. I started searching for Flowerdew while spot-checking our person authority records completed by new student editors (they’re amazing!) at the University of Colorado Boulder. “Flowerdew (A)” appears on page 161 of the catalog and has 3 entries, lines 19-21: Poems 1803 2d Ed 1804 3d Ed 1811 “Poems” is Stainforth’s abbreviation for Flowerdew’s full book title, Poems, on moral and religious subjects. The 1803 edition was published and printed in London by C. Stower and sold by sold by H.D. Symonds; Mrs. Gurney;…

Vignette: Miss Edgworth Temple or James Templeman?

Our newest Stainforth researcher, Faith, sent me a Slack message saying that she found a case of a male author in the Stainforth catalog publishing under the name of a woman. This would be James Templeman publishing as Miss Edgworth Temple, author of The Mysterious Shriek, or, Alexander and Lavinia: a metrical tale. Also, the ancient story of Pluto and Proserpine, and Cupid’s Delirium. From the Greek (1809). Stainforth lists four titles under Temple, Miss Edgworth (page 143): Metrical Tales 1809 Mysterious Shreik or Alcander 1809 Alphonzo + Clementina 1809 Recently, I ran into another case of a man publishing with a…