14 March 2010

Appositions e-conference, review of Shakespeare Digital Humanities sites, purple shutters

A few things:
  • Appositions, an e-conference in Renaissance / Early Modern lit and culture, is going on *right now*. The theme this year is "Digital Archives & the Field of Production"; included in the line-up is an early version of my paper on the fore-edge paintings. Actually, fore-edge painting [singular] might be more appropriate: it focuses on a image of King Charles II, found along the edge of a mid-seventeenth-century Bible and Book of Common Prayer at the Houghton Library. Hidden under gilt edging until the book is opened, it presents an interesting case study for histories of reading that extend beyond the two-dimensional space of the page, as well as digital scans of "books" that defy the flatness of the screen. In any case, lots of great work on things like "hypertext" Wyatt, "diplomatic transcriptions" in digital reproductions of documents, and more -- so check it out.
  • I've written a short review of some Shakespeare-related Digital Humanities sites for a special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly, "Shakespeare and New Media," edited by Katherine Rowe. But here's the cool part: essays are entered into an "open review" process, in which scholars, colleagues and the public at large can comment using CommentPress. I'm excited to be a part of this process and hope you early modern and/or Digital Humanities folks will participate.
  • I've painted most of the front of my house bright, shiny purple. That is all.

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