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.

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: Poetic Flowers, Geneva, [1824]

The difference between seeing a J or a T means, for Mrs. T Smith, having your work accessible in digital archives or remaining concealed. We originally transcribed the author’s first initial as a J. The entry is in Stainforth’s wish list, page 562, line 15. The initial is added above the line, and I must say it still looks like a J to me! While once more searching for a trace of this work online, I discovered that the top search result lists the 1946 edition of the Catalogue of Printed Books in the British Museum. Knowing that most of Stainforth’s…

Vignette: Ouâbi : or The virtues of nature. An Indian tale. In four cantos / By Philenia, a lady of Boston.

This morning I’ve been chasing down a lead to a Stainforth bookplate I found in Stoddard and Whitesell’s A Bibliographical Description of Books and Pamphlets of American Verse. Their bibliography contains a work by Sarah Wentworth Apthorp Morton (1759-1846) called Ouâbi : or The virtues of nature. An Indian tale. In four cantos / By Philenia, a lady of Boston (pseudonym). This is from the bibliography: It looks like they found another book at the British Library with a Stainforth bookplate, though I wish there was no question mark following the name. It makes sense that they did given the very high number of Stainforth’s books with bookplates that we…

Joining Faculty at Santa Clara University

A quick, exciting update: In the Fall of 2017, I will be joining the faculty of Santa Clara University as Assistant Professor in English specializing in British literature of the long 18th century and Digital Humanities. I am really looking forward to working with my new colleagues and students. (And Myla & Aja don’t know it yet, but in a few short months they will be California kitties!) I will continue to work as a Neukom Postdoctoral Fellow at Dartmouth College through July 31, 2017.  

Life After Print: Digital Methods for Women’s Book History @ NASSR 2017

The Book History Caucus of NASSR just accepted our panel proposal for the 2017 conference. Yahtzee! Here it is: “Life After Print: Digital Methods for Women’s Book History,” and our panel includes: Laura Mandell (Texas A&M U), co-presenters Michelle Levy and Kandice Sharren (Simon Fraser U), myself, and co-presenters Cait Coker and Kate Ozment (Texas A&M U). Here is our full abstract.

Syllabus “The Humanist in the Computer: Digital Humanities and Social Justice” COLT 18.02 (Winter 17)

Dr. Kirstyn Leuner (kirstyn.j.leuner@dartmouth.edu) New 17 Winter Course: COLT 18.02 Meets at 10A (Tues/Thurs 10:10-12:00) Office hours: TBD in Sanborn 014 course website: http://leunerwinter17.wordpress.com  The Humanist in the Computer: Digital Humanities and Social Justice Short Description: What can digital technologies do to our words? What can they do for our words, as activism? In this course, we will use computers to create, share, and analyze different kinds of digital texts in order to discover together—through, reading, writing, and entry-level programming—how our use of these technologies changes our relationship to language and politics. Desires to think, experiment, and collaborate are required;…

Romantic Circles Pedagogies Advisory Board, Ideas for Teaching w/RC Texts and Technologies

I was recently appointed to Romantic Circles’ new Pedagogies Advisory Board, a group of Romanticist digital humanists led by Kate Singer (Mt. Holyoke) and David Ruderman (OSU). The rest of our team includes Andrew Burkett (Union), Lindsey Eckert (Georgia State), myself, and Roger Whitson (WSU). We held our first Google Hangout this week to brainstorm ways to invigorate the content on the RC Pedagogies site. The Hangout was the highlight of my day, not only because I had the rare opportunity to see and chat with Romanticist colleagues I respect and adore and usually only see once or twice a…