“Just what do digital humanists really do?”: Day of DH

By Laura Whitebell

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This coming Tuesday (8 April 2014) Team Blake Archive will be participating in Day of DH, an open community publication project for those interested and working in the digital humanities. The idea is to provide some answers to the question, “Just what do digital humanists really do?” by creating a snapshot of everyday life in the world of DH. Along with many others across the world, we will be documenting our day and posting the results on the blog and here.

For us, this comes at a timely moment. We have been working hard over the last six months to create (and stick to!) a regular blogging schedule and, as Eric discussed a few weeks ago, we’re now on Twitter. Our posts and tweets are meant to be representative of the work that we actually do here at The Blake Archive: what you’ve been reading isn’t a set of carefully-designed marketing pieces, but the actual problems, ideas and questions that we encounter every day and talk to each other about in weekly meetings. Day of DH is a project after our own hearts.

Will you be participating in Day of DH? Let us know in a …read more

Source: http://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2014/04/02/day-of-d-h/

Teaching Romanticism: Taught Masters

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By danielcook At this time of year we begin to field queries, and applications, for our Taught Masters programmes. As it happens, the postgraduate committee in the School of Humanities at Dundee, have also been discussing plans for new programmes, new modules, and even new pathways in time for 2015-16. So Taught Masters have been on my […] …read more

Source: http://www.romtext.org.uk/teaching-romanticism-taught-masters/

Publication Announcement – Letters (1800-1805)

By Andrea H. Everett

Letter to John Flaxman, 12 September 1800, object 3, detail

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of our second installment of Blake’s letters, the correspondence of 1800-1805, which includes his three years with patron William Hayley in the coastal village of Felpham, West Sussex, and the frightening months leading up to his trial for sedition.

The letters in this group supplement the Archive’s publication in November 2013 of Blake’s illustrations to works by Hayley, including his Essay on Sculpture, the broadside ballad Little Tom the Sailor, The Triumphs of Temper, The Life and Posthumous Writings of William Cowper, and The Life of George Romney, along with the republication of Blake’s etched and engraved illustrations to Designs to a Series of Ballads, Written by William Hayley (1802) and Hayley’s Ballads (1805). Letters from this period track the downward spiral from the most hopeful moments of Blake’s anticipations of working for the beloved “hermit of Eartham” to the bitterness and resentment he ultimately felt for that “pickthank.” The letters also show Blake in the process of conducting routine business: with Hayley but also with his important London patron Thomas Butts and with the publisher-promoter Robert Hartley Cromek, who …read more

Source: http://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2014/03/31/publication-announcement-letters-1800-1805/

Five Questions: Jeremy Davies on Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature

By admin

Jeremy Davies - Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature

Jeremy Davies is Lecturer in English at the University of Leeds; prior to taking up this post in 2011, he studied and taught at Cambridge, Glasgow and Queen Mary. His research focuses principally on the intersections between Romantic poetry, medical thought, and ecology, and he has published essays and articles on Percy and Mary Shelley, Jeremy Bentham, and sustainability and nostalgia. Below, we discuss his first monograph, Bodily Pain in Romantic Literature, recently published by Routledge. The first thirty pages of this fascinating book can be viewed here.

1) How did you come to work on the history of bodily pain, and how did you select the four authors you concentrate on (Jeremy Bentham, the Marquis de Sade, Samuel Taylor Coleridge and Percy Shelley)?

It probably goes back to the first time I opened Prometheus Unbound. I remember being fascinated and a bit revolted by the monologue with which Shelley’s drama begins. Prometheus describes in grisly detail the tortures to which he’s being subjected, and welcomes them as a glorious empire over which he has dominion. I wasn’t sure what …read more

Source: http://www.bars.ac.uk/blog/?p=271

Choice Tags and Attributes in Blake’s “Chaucer”

By Eric Loy

Screenshot of an excerpt from Blake's Chaucer: The Canterbury Pilgrims.

A few months ago, Hardeep wrote a blog post about the importance of the XML element in our manuscript encoding tag set. The main benefit is for the Blake Archive’s search function to allow users to search for regularized spellings of words that might be abbreviated or non-standardized in Blake’s manuscripts. For example, a user searching for “Tiger” would never be directed to “Tyger” without a choice tag attached to Blake’s non-standard spelling.

Last month, I began the transcription and encoding of a typographic work titled Blake’s Chaucer: The Canterbury Pilgrims. The work is a one-page printed advertisement for a [proposed] Blake engraving of Chaucerian characters, “in a correct and finished Line manner of Engraving, similar to those original Copper Plates of ALBERT DURER, LUCAS, HISBEN, ALDEGRAVE.” Of course, the Blake advertisement here is appealing to the fame of some historically relevant engravers, but the manuscript itself only refers to them in abbreviated/non-standard/anglicized forms.

Respectively, “ALBERT DURER, LUCAS, HISBEN, ALDEGRAVE” in fact refers to:

  • Albrecht Dürer
  • Lucas van Leyden (also sometimes referred to as ”Lucas Hugensz” or “Lucas Jacobsz”)
  • Hans Sebald Beham
  • Heinrich Aldegrever (or sometimes ”Aldegraf”)

So obviously, in order to make our encoding of …read more

Source: http://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2014/03/26/choice-tags-attributes-blake-chaucer/

Anna Fleming on Romantic Locations and after

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In the second of our pieces following on from Romantic Locations, Anna Fleming, of the University of Leeds, reflects on the conference and its aftermath.

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Over three days, thoughts on the Romantic conception of place were explored from within perhaps the most Romantic of locations: Dove Cottage, in the heart of the Lake District. Papers addressed the relationship between different authors and particular locations. From the Wordsworths’ process of making Grasmere a home, to continental tours, literary tourism, and the history of mountaineering, the papers were wide-ranging and probing. Alongside the stimulating discussions, the place itself provided the opportunity to directly experience a location in which Romantic ideas and poems were composed. (A candlelit drinks reception in the cottage itself certainly added to my sense of how the Wordsworths inhabited that space!) Jeff Cowton, curator of the Wordsworth Trust, treated us to a glimpse of some physical treasures from the archive, including manuscripts by Dorothy Wordsworth and Samuel Taylor Coleridge. I then found many of the ideas raised in the conference were played out in the wider ‘Romantic location’ when I left the conference to explore another part of …read more

Source: http://www.bars.ac.uk/blog/?p=261

Nicola Watson on Marilyn Butler

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All members of BARS will have been very sad to hear of the death of Professor Marilyn Butler on 11 March 2014 after a long illness. There will be a memorial service held on Thursday April 24th at 3.30 pm in Exeter College Chapel, Oxford.

Those of us who were lucky enough to be taught by her at Oxford, Cambridge and elsewhere will remember her with great affection, but her influence in the field was far more widely felt. Her scholarly work was always remarkable for its originality and sweep, from her early biographical work on Maria Edgeworth (which reinvigorated the idea of looking at women novelists of the period other than Austen), and her ground-breaking and controversial account of Jane Austen as a politically-engaged writer in Jane Austen and the War of Idea (1975), to her remarkable monograph on Thomas Love Peacock, Peacock Displayed (1979). Her survey of the literature of the period, Romantics, Rebels and Reactionaries (1981) remains a standard work even today. She was a key figure in the resurgence of left-wing historicist criticism in the period, not least because she replaced Bloomian ideas of romantic genealogies with a practice of intensive contextualisation of …read more

Source: http://www.bars.ac.uk/blog/?p=257

Introductory Post: Wordsworth’s Long Walk to the Lyrical Ballads

By Elias Greig I’m Elias Greig, a PhD student at the University of Sydney, and the Postgraduate Representative for the Romantic Studies Association of Australasia. I’m also, for better or worse, a Wordsworthian. In deference to my generous Welsh hosts, I’ll begin with Dylan Thomas’s appraisal of one William Wordsworth: old Father William was a human nannygoat with […] …read more

Source: http://www.romtext.org.uk/introductory-post-wordsworths-long-walk-to-the-lyrical-ballads/

Finding Funding: Grant Writing for Undergrads

By Eric Loy

Marriage of Heaven and Hell

By Margaret Speer

Recently, Megan and I (the undergraduate Project Assistants to the Blake Archive at the University of Rochester) applied for Discover Grant funding to support our continued work this coming summer. Without funding, we really won’t be able to participate as much as we do during the fall and spring semesters—possibly not at all.

This is a relevant concern for undergraduates trying to be involved in research-based projects and internships. It seems like it’s a necessary experience to know what you’re doing (you get practical experience, academic immersion, networking potential, a line on your résumé or CV) and to get where you’re going (graduate school, further internships, potential jobs). But, if you’re an undergrad trying to make a dent in your tuition (maybe with an eye to master’s degree debt coming up) and you can’t afford a job that doesn’t pay, then it’s especially a catch-22.

Seeking research grant funding is an excellent way for undergraduates to resolve this problem. Most obviously, it materially facilitates the edifying and rewarding work that you want to be doing. Further, taking on the responsibility to make a coherent and convincing statement …read more

Source: http://blakearchive.wordpress.com/2014/03/19/finding-funding-grant-writing-undergrads/