Print Culture

Print culture research specialism with a specific interest and expertise in:

  • Edition building
  • History of copyright
  • Romantic-era manuscript culture

Two Exemplar Research Initiatives
U Victoria Libraries Speaker Series + Symposium: Unravelling the Code(x)
In the fall of 2016, the University of Victoria Libraries, under the principal investigation of Heather Dean, secured a SSHRC Connection Grant to host a speaker series and symposium on print culture: Unravelling the Code(x). This interdisciplinary cluster of interrelated events explores book history scholarship and the creation, circulation, and reception of knowledge. The speakers series and symposium featured scholars from across disciplinary periods who discussed their scholarship in book history, broadly defined to include bibliography, manuscript studies, material culture studies, media studies, and the history of printing, publishing, and libraries.

Given my experience and interest in print culture, I was hired as the Graduate Fellow for this scholarly outreach program. My role included hosting the visiting scholars, publicizing the events among the U Victoria graduate community, actively engaging on social media, and writing blog posts summarizing the events. The Twitter conversation and Tumblr blog summaries can be tracked using the hashtag #unravellingcodex. My engagement was filtered through the U Victoria Special Collections accounts.

Project Manager: Digital Edition of Dorothy Wordsworth
Dr. Michelle Levy, of Simon Fraser U, and Drs. Nick Mason and Paul Westover, of Brigham-Young U have invited me to collaborate with them and their students on a digital edition of Dorothy Wordsworth. The edition will be hosted by Romantic Circles, a publisher all three faculty members have worked with in the past. The edition will present a wide selection of Wordsworth’s writing, including her life writings, poetry, and short narratives, with specific attention paid to the multiple, unique manuscript copies of her works.

My role on the project is to work on and oversee the transcription of the first volume of the Grasmere Journal (Dove Cottage Manuscript 20) and Dorothy’s poetry from Dove Cottage Manuscript 120. I will also complete the TEI-XML encoding for the Grasmere Journal. I have been asked to write the critical introduction to the Grasmere Journal and the collected poetry alongside Michelle Levy. The edition is projected to launch in late 2017. Stay tuned!