Image from Donald Knuth's
 Digital Typography (CLSI Publications, 1999).


The research and teaching interests of the area group encompass both British and American literature, from the early modern period to the present day, spanning manuscript, print, and digital culture. The group's activities are focused by a shared commitment to the material conditions of textual production in and across various media.

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  • February 20, 2003. The Dynamic Textual Edition, Underpinnings and Above. A Lecture by Ray Siemens. 3:00 p.m. McKeldin Library, Special Events Room (Room 6137). Sponsored by MITH.
  • March 4, 2003. The Art of the Book/The Book as Art: Open House 9:30-12:30, Maryland Room, Hornbake Library. Faculty from the area group display books (and other textual artifacts) from their personal collections.
  • March 18, 2003. "Adventures with Electronic Texts: Where Text Coding, Mathematics, and Evolutionary Biology Meet. A Lecture by Peter Robinson. 2:00 p.m. McKeldin Library, Special Events Room (Room 6137). Co-sponsored by OIT and MITH.
  • Society for Textual Scholarship Conference (NYU, March 19-22, 2003): Beth Loizeaux and Neil Fraistat have organized and are chairing a Plenary Session on "Textuality and Visual Cultures." Speakers are: Marjorie Perloff, Johanna Drucker and Charles Bernstein. Matt Kirschenbaum will also be presenting work at the conference.
    • Kirschenbaum, Readings in Digital Studies (S 03)+.
    • Kirschenbaum, Computer and Text (S 03).
    • Kirschenbaum, Word and Image (S 02)+.
    • Sherman, The Early Modern Book (Seminar at the Folger Shakespeare Library, S 00)+.
    • Sherman, Prospero's Books: Re-reading and Re-writing The Tempest (S 03)+.
    • Smith, Emily Dickinson: A User's Guide (S 03)+.
    + denotes a graduate offering
    • Fraistat, "The Material Shelley: Who Gets the Finger in Queen Mab?" The Wordsworth Circle 33.1 (Winter 2002): 33-36.
    • Kirschenbaum, "Editing the Interface: Textual Studies and First Generation Electronic Objects." TEXT 14 (2002): 15-51.
    • Kirschenbaum, ed. Image-based Humanities Computing. Special issue of Computers and the Humanities, 36.1 (2002).
    • Loizeaux and Fraistat, eds. Reimagining Textuality: Textual Studies in the Late Age of Print. U of Wisconsin P, 2002.
    • Peterson, ed. The Well-Made Book: Essays and Lectures by Daniel Berkeley Updike. West New York, N.J.: Mark Batty Publisher, 2002.
    • Sherman, "'Rather soiled by use': Renaissance Readers and Modern Collectors," in Sabrina Baron (ed.), The Reader Revealed (Washington, DC: The Folger Shakespeare Library, 2001).
    • Sherman, "What Did Renaissance Readers Write in Their Books?", in Jennifer Andersen and Elizabeth Sauer (eds.), Books and Readers in Early Modern England (Philadelphia: University of Pennsylvania Press, 2002).
    • Sherman, co-edited with Claire MacDonald. On Editing. Special issue of Performance Research, 7.1 (March 2002).
    • Smith, "Computing: What's American Literary Study Got to Do with IT?" American Literature 74.4 (December 2002): 833-857.
    • Laura Wells Betz, Exploring the Sensibility of the Text: British Poetry 1750-1850. Dissertation in progress with Fraistat.
    • Leonardo Flores, Typing the Dancing Signifier: Understanding Electronic Poetry. Dissertation in progress with Smith.
    • Ingrid Satelmajer, The Posthumous Editing of Emily Dickinson: "Bastard" Offspring in the Periodicals of the 1890s. Dissertation in progress with Smith.

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