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Women Writers Project

Partially supported by a NULab Seedling Grant.

The Women Writers Project is a long-term research project devoted to early modern women’s writing and electronic text encoding. The project has been working since 1988 on building an electronic collection of rare and less familiar texts, and on researching the complex issues involved in representing early printed texts in digital form. The WWP’s goal is to bring texts by pre-Victorian women writers out of the archive and make them accessible to a wide audience of teachers, students, scholars, and the general reader. The WWP also works to support research on women’s writing, text encoding, and the role of electronic texts in teaching and scholarship.

The WWP’s flagship publication is Women Writers Online, a TEI-encoded collection of close to 400 texts written or translated by women and first published in print between 1526 and 1850. The project is also partnering with the Almanacks of Mary Moody Emerson: A Scholarly Digital Edition to prototype encoding and publication practices for manuscript texts—and Women Writers Online currently includes around a dozen “Folders” from Emerson’s handwritten Almanacks. The WWP also publishes Women Writers in Context, an open-access experimental publication series collecting scholarly essays and explorations of women’s writing. More recently, the project has published Women Writers in Review, an open-access collection of eighteenth- and nineteenth-century reviews, publication notices, literary histories, and other texts responding to works by early women writers.

Publications and Presentations

Below is a partial list of recent publications and presentations by the WWP’s staff. For full lists of the WWP’s work, see here and here.

Bauman, Syd. “Interchange vs. Interoperability” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011, Montréal, Canada, 2011. Published in Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2011. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies 7 (2011).

Bauman, Syd, and Kathryn Tomasek. “Encoding Historical Financial Records.” Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative 6 (2013).

Clark, Ashley and Sarah Connell. “Meta(data)morphosis.” Presented at Balisage: The Markup Conference 2016, Washington D.C., and published in Proceedings of Balisage: The Markup Conference 2016. Balisage Series on Markup Technologies 17 (2016).

Flanders, Julia, Syd Bauman, and Sarah Connell. “XSLT.” and “Text Encoding with TEI.” In Doing Digital Humanities: Practice, Training, and Research, ed. Constance Crompton, Ray Siemens, and Richard Lane. Routledge Press. 2016.

Flanders, Julia, and Scott Hamlin. “TAPAS: Building a TEI Publishing and Repository Service.” Journal of the Text Encoding Initiative 5 (2013).

Flanders, Julia. “Rethinking Collections.” In Advancing the Digital Humanities, ed. Katherine Bode and Paul Arthur. Palgrave MacMillan. 2014.

Flanders, Julia. “Curation.” In Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities: Concepts, Models, and Experiments, ed. Rebecca Frost Davis, Matt Gold, Katherine Harris, and Jentery Sayers. Modern Language Association. 2016.

Flanders, Julia. “Building Otherwise: Gender, Race, and Difference in the Digital Humanities.” In Feminist Debates in Digital Humanities, ed. Jacqueline Wernimont and Elizabeth Losh. 2016.

Flanders, Julia. The Shape of Data (co-editor, with Fotis Jannidis). Routledge Press. 2018.

Flanders, Julia and Fotis Jannadis. “Data Modeling.” In A Companion to Digital Humanities, ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. Wiley-Blackwell. 2016.

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