Women Writers Online is free for the month of March

Women Writers Online is free for the month of March

Update: We know that many classes have been disrupted due to the COVID-19 outbreak, so we wanted to share that we will be keeping Women Writers Online free until April 17th. We are thrilled to announce that Women Writers Online (WWO) will once again be free during the month of March in celebration of Women’s History Month. The collection contains more than 420 texts written and translated by women published between 1526 and 1850.  We also invite you to explore…

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The “TEI_customization” for writing TEI customizations

The “TEI_customization” for writing TEI customizations

By Syd Bauman This blog post describes the history behind and recent release of the “tei_customization” schema available in the oXygen TEI framework.  As many readers of this blog already know, the Text Encoding Initiative schema is designed to be customized by its users. The customization process enables individual projects or user communities to alter the TEI’s constraints and make them more restrictive, more permissive, or just plain different. While the strategic value of such customization is a subject of…

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WWP in Images: Events, Celebrations, and Outreach

WWP in Images: Events, Celebrations, and Outreach

By Kyle Wholey, Anjelica Oswald, and Julia Flanders This is the second post in our new series celebrating the Women Writers Project’s 30th anniversary by featuring images from the project’s history.  Since 1988, the WWP has focused on collaborative projects that involve faculty, students, and the community of those interested in early women’s writing and text encoding. Through these various collaborations, the WWP has expanded both our community and our collection of texts. Here, we cover the outreach materials that…

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New visualizations for Intertextual Networks

New visualizations for Intertextual Networks

We are very excited to share two new visualizations developed by Nicole Samay and Ana Pastore y Piontti, Network Science Institute, using data from the Intertextual Networks project. Intertextual Networks is a three-year research project funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focusing on intertextuality in early women’s writing. This collaborative research initiative examines the citation and quotation practices of the authors represented in Women Writers Online (WWO) to explore and theorize the representation of intertextuality. As part of…

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New WWP Series on Early Women’s Intertextual Networks

New WWP Series on Early Women’s Intertextual Networks

We are delighted to announce the launch of our new Intertextual Networks series on the open-access Women Writers in Context platform! Intertextual Networks is a three-year research project funded by a generous grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focusing on intertextuality in early women’s writing. This collaborative research initiative examines the citation and quotation practices of the authors represented in Women Writers Online (WWO) to explore and theorize the representation of intertextuality. As part of this project, we…

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Beyond the “Box”: Archival Descriptions of LGBT Collections

Beyond the “Box”: Archival Descriptions of LGBT Collections

One of the interesting intersections of digital humanities scholarship and library science is the use and description of archival records. With the increase of digital materials and information comes a proliferation of digital records and corresponding data. As scholars continue to understand the ways text as data can be conceptualized, defined, quantified, and visualized in the humanities, textual records and metadata are similar topics of recent scholarship. In “The Reconfiguration of the Archive as Data to Be Mined,” Michael Moss,…

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WWP Alumni: Josephine Sloman

WWP Alumni: Josephine Sloman

Here is the fifth installment in our new series featuring stories from people who have helped shaped the Women Writers Project. WWP alumna Josephine Sloman (Encoder) speaks about her time at the WWP and her career after graduating from Northeastern.  My first introduction to the WWP was during my sophomore year. It was my first semester as an English major—I initially came to Northeastern with the intention of majoring in Psychology and Neuroscience. I was in Dr. Nicole Aljoe’s Introduction to English Studies…

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Should Giants be Denied Credit? Or, An Examination of Seventeenth-century Historiographies Using Word Embedding Models

Should Giants be Denied Credit? Or, An Examination of Seventeenth-century Historiographies Using Word Embedding Models

Giants were a serious problem for early modern British historians. For example, in a chapter titled “Whether it be likely that there were ever any Gyaunts inhabiting in this Isle or not” from his “Historical Description of the Island of Britain,” William Harrison offers a lengthy meditation on the historical plausibility of giants, arguing against the idea that the presence of fables in a nation’s historical record should irredeemably discredit that nation’s history. Harrison writes that to “some mens eares,”…

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The preposterous publication history of Elizabeth I’s “Golden Speech”

The preposterous publication history of Elizabeth I’s “Golden Speech”

This is a post in a series authored by our research collaborators on the Intertextual Networks project. For more information, see here. By Kristen Abbott Bennett, Framingham State University Working in the Women Writers Online (WWO) collection, I encountered variants of Elizabeth’s “Golden Speech” presenting apparently mismatched titles and contents. For example, an initial search of the WWO collection produces two variants of Elizabeth’s “Speech to Her Last Parliament” (1642) and “Last Speech and Thanks” (1679), yet each text echoes, in varying…

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Breaking Down Markup Revision Projects: An Approach for Adding Line Breaks to Encoded Documents

Breaking Down Markup Revision Projects: An Approach for Adding Line Breaks to Encoded Documents

In this blog post, we describe the WWP’s solution to a problem that other projects may well face: inserting encoding for line breaks after a text has been transcribed. Here is a lightly edited transcript of an interview Kyle Wholey (Outreach Coordinator at the WWP) conducted with Syd Bauman (Senior XML Programmer-Analyst) and Sarah Connell (Assistant Director).   So what exactly was the problem you worked on here? Sarah: We recently discovered an issue with a text that had been…

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