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BARS: New issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century

By Admin on 15-12-2015

19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century, 21 (2015)

19 marks and celebrates its tenth anniversary with a special issue guest edited by Luisa Calè and Ana Parejo Vadillo on the manifold possibilities of the nineteenth-century digital archive.

The Nineteenth-Century Digital Archive

What old and new crafts shape the nineteenth-century digital archive? How is the nineteenth-century paper archive remediated and remixed in the twenty-first century digital archive? What kinds of authors, users, and citizens do nineteenth-century digital projects call for? And what shape do they take? These are some of the questions addressed in this tenth anniversary issue of 19: Interdisciplinary Studies in the Long Nineteenth Century dedicated to the Nineteenth-Century Digital Archive. In ‘The Craft of the Archive’, Morris Eaves and the Blake Archive team address the digital palimpsesting of William Blake’s Four Zoas, whereas Jason Camlot discusses digital forensics, audio fossils, and analyses early voice archives. The Our Mutual Friend Reading Project, Birkbeck’s durational interval reading experiment, is discussed by Ben Winyard, Emma Curry, and some of the project’s digital personae: Beatrice Bazell, Holly Furneaux, Pete Orford, and Melissa Symanczyk. The ‘Experiments’ section features Nadia Valman’s Zangwill’s Spitalfields app, Bob Nicholson’s Victorian Meme Machine, and Rob Gallagher and Ana Parejo Vadillo’s remix of Michael Field’s Sight and Song. Finally, in ‘Visions’ we explore the Internet Archive with Brewster Kahle; Gale Digital Collections with Ray Abruzzi; the Central Online Victorian Educator with Dino Franco Felluga; Citizen Science with Sally Shuttleworth, Gowan Dawson, and team; Lost Visions with Julia Thomas; nineteenth-century periodicals with Laurel Brake and James Mussell; and conclude with Hilary Fraser and Jerome McGann reflecting on digital nineteenth-century worlds past, present, and future.

Forewords: Ten Years of 19

‘From the Editors’
Carolyn Burdett and Hilary Fraser

‘Becoming Invisible: The Intern's View’
David Gillott


‘In the Cloud: Nineteenth-Century Visions and Experiments for the Digital Age’
Luisa Calè and Ana Parejo Vadillo

The Craft of the Archive

‘Prototyping an Electronic Edition of William Blake's Manuscript of Vala, or the Four Zoas: A Progress Report’
Morris Eaves, Eric Loy, Hardeep Sidhu, and Laura Whitebell

‘Historicist Audio Forensics: The Archive of Voices as Repository of Material and Conceptual Artefacts’
Jason Camlot

The Our Mutual Friend Reading Project

‘“May We Meet Again”: Rereading the Dickensian Serial in the Digital Age’
Ben Winyard

‘Doing the Novel in Different Voices: Reflections on a Dickensian Twitter Experiment’
Emma Curry

‘Reflections of a Sawdust-Filled, Six-Foot, Tweeting, Taxidermy Alligator’
Melissa Symanczyk

‘Being John Rokesmith’
Pete Orford

‘Being Bella: Adventures in the Dickensian “Twittersphere”’
Beatrice Bazell

‘Mortimer Lightwood; or, Seriality, Counterfactuals, Co-Production, and Queer Fantasy’
Holly Furneaux


‘Walking Victorian Spitalfields with Israel Zangwill’
Nadia Valman

‘The Victorian Meme Machine: Remixing the Nineteenth-Century Archive’
Bob Nicholson

‘Animating Sight and Song: A Meditation on Identity, Fair Use, and Collaboration’
Rob Gallagher and Ana Parejo Vadillo


‘The Internet Archive: An Interview with Brewster Kahle’
Brewster Kahle and Ana Parejo Vadillo

‘Gale Digital Collections: Ray Abruzzi Interviewed by Luisa Calè and Ana Parejo Vadillo’
Ray Abruzzi, Luisa Calè, and Ana Parejo Vadillo

‘Citizen Science: Sally Shuttleworth and her Team Interviewed by Carolyn Burdett’
Geoffrey Belknap, Carolyn Burdett, Gowan Dawson, Alison Moulds, and Sally Shuttleworth

‘The Eventuality of the Digital’
Dino Franco Felluga

‘Lost Visions: An Interview with Julia Thomas’
Luisa Calè, John Michael Goodman, Julia Thomas, Ana Parejo Vadillo, and Alexis Wolf

‘Digital Nineteenth-Century Serials for the Twenty-First Century: A Conversation’
Laurel Brake and James Mussell

‘Nineteenth-Century Digital Worlds: Hilary Fraser Interviews Jerome McGann’
Hilary Fraser and Jerome McGann

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Bluestocking Circle

The Bluestocking Circle was a group of writers, artists and thinkers who met in the London homes of Elizabeth Montagu, Elizabeth Vesey and Frances Boscawen. These fashionable hostesses invented a new kind of informal sociability and nurtured a sense of intellectual community. The term "bluestocking" evolved from the scholar Benjamin Stillingfleet's decision to abandon formal evening dress and obey Vesey's call to "Come in your blue stockings." Guests included the leading literary, political and cultural figures of the day, including Elizabeth Carter, Samuel Johnson, Edmund Burke, David and Eva Garrick and later Hannah More and Frances Burney.

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