10 February 2018 CTS member Prof Tim Fulford has recently received two British Academy / Leverhulme Trust grants to give him time to edit all the correspondence of the 18/19th-century chemist and inventor Sir Humphry Davy. Famed for inventing a safety lamp that prevented explosions in mines, Davy was the first to isolate a number of elements (including sodium and calcium) and he mentored Michael Faraday, who built on the foundations Davy had laid. Davy was a prolific letter-writer and Prof Fulford has just finished creating in four volumes the definitive edition of his correspondence, giving new insights into the intellectual networks of scientists at the start of the great age of discovery. The four volumes will be published by Oxford University Press in 2019.
5 February 2018 CTS member Dr Takako Kato is funded by the Bibliographical Society to examine and compare every copy of one of the first books published in England, called The Golden Legend and printed by William Caxton (Britain's first printer) in London in the 1480s. Dr Kato has discovered that three copies, including the one owned by Hereford Cathedral, have a hand-painted illuminated letter "T" starting the first word in the book. All three copies seemed to have been painted by the same illustrator whose London workshop was presumably not far from Caxton's own. In response to this news, Hereford Cathedral has put its copy on display to the public with a notice about Dr Kato's discovery and the light it throws on the mechanics of how book publishing first began in this country.
29 January 2018 CTS member Dr Alice Wood has just had an essay published in the collection called Women's Periodicals and Print Culture in Britain, 1918-1939: The Interwar Period edited by Catherine Clay, Maria DiCenzo, Barbara Green, Fiona Hackney and published by Edinburgh University Press. The essay explores interactions between housekeeping, women's citizenship, nationalism, and internationalism in two domestic magazines--Good Housekeeping and Modern Home--drawing on magazine journalism by Vera Brittain, Winifred Holtby and Rebecca West.
15 November 2017 CTS member Prof Siobhan Keenan has edited the play The Twice Chang'd Friar and it has been published as volume 184 in the prestigious scholarly series of Malone Society Editions. This early 17th-century play exists in just one manuscript copy surviving in the library of the Newdigate family of Arbury Hall, Nuneaton, that Prof Keenan has transcribed and corrected and given a 10,000-word introduction.
24 August 2017 As preparations proceed for creation of the final two volumes of the New Oxford Shakespeare, the Complete Alternative Versions Modern Critical Edition and the Complete Alternative Versions Critical Reference Edition, the publisher Oxford University Press has agreed that the primary editing and typescript production will be done using Text Encoding Initiative eXtensible Markup Language (TEI XML). This will be the first time that Oxford University Press has worked with scholarly editors creating their editions in TEI XML and CTS Director Gabriel Egan, one of the General Editors of the New Oxford Shakespeare, will be the lead editorial technologist on this new approach.
19 July 2017 The journal Digital Scholarship in the Humanities has accepted for publication of an article entitled "Stylometric Analysis of Early Modern Period English Plays" by Mark Eisen, Santiago Segarra, CTS Director Gabriel Egan, and Alejandro Ribeiro. Aside from Egan, the authors are all from the Department of Electrical and Systems Engineering, University of Pennsylvania.
25 June 2017 CTS Director Gabriel Egan will be giving a paper on "Telling Shakespeare and Marlowe Apart by Function-Word Clustering" at the conference "Marlowe and Shakespeare" on 17-18 Novmber at Kingston University. Also speaking at the conference are Jean Howard, Charles Nicholl, Lois Potter, Robert Sawyer, Gary Taylor, Brian Vickers and Stanley Wells.
22 May 2017 CTS member Paul Brown had his PhD viva today and his thesis on the social networks of London theatre in Shakespeare's time was accepted by the university with minor corrections. Congratulations to Dr Brown!
15 May 2017 CTS member Nicola Boyle had her PhD viva today and her thesis on the history, personal, and documents of the Lady's Elizabeth's Men's playing company was accepted by the university with minor corrections. Congratulations to Dr Boyle!
2 May 2017 CTS member Prof Siobhan Keenan will be giving a paper on "Entertaining King Charles I on Progress: Ben Jonson's Love's Welcome at Bolsover and Courtly Ceremony, Dialogue and Reciprocity" at the English Research Seminar of Canterbury Christ Church University on 10 May 2017.
20 April 2017 CTS member Dr Deborah Mutch will be giving a paper entitled "'What I mean, my dear': The Woman Worker and the Male Voice" about the space and power that male journalists wielded over the first female socialist periodical, the Woman Worker, which began in 1907. The talk will happen at 2pm on 10 May at the Working Class Movement Library, 51 The Crescent, Salford, England, M5 4WX.
7 April 2017 The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals has just awarded the Colby Scholarly Book Prize for 2017 to the Routledge Handbook to Nineteenth-Century British Periodicals and Newspapers to which CTS member Dr Deborah Mutch contributed a chapter on "Social Purpose Periodicals".
3 March 2017 The CTS will be hosting a 48-hour non-stop Text Hackathon from 8.30am on Friday 10 November to 8.30am on Sunday 12 November 2017. The event will bring together all kinds of people interested in what we can do to extract knowledge from large bodies of digitized textual data. As well as specialist academics from around the country there will be schoolchildren working on various textual projects and demos and talks from the world's leading providers of large textual datasets such as ProQuest and Gale Cengage, and hands-on sessions with experts from the UK governments Joint Information Systems Committee (JISC).
1 February 2017 The first 4 volumes of the New Oxford Shakespeare (NOS), of which CTS Director Prof Gabriel Egan is a General Editor, have been published. These comprise a single-volume modern-spelling edition with explanatory and performance note, a 2-volume original-spelling edition with textual notes, and an Authorship Companion of essays supporting the editions landmark discovery that Shakespeare co-authored about a third of all his plays and that the hands of Christopher Marlowe and Thomas Middleton in his works are even larger than had previously been thought.
12 December 2016 CTS member Prof Siobhan Keenan will be giving a paper on "Negotiating and Representing Court, Country and Self in Caroline Royal Progress Entertainments: The example of King Charles I's 1633 Entertainment at Welbeck Abbey" in the seminar "Early Modern Performance Beyond Drama" at the 45th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Atlanta, Georgia, on 5-8 April 2017
6 December 2016 The winner of the university-wide prize for the best PhD thesis of the year was awarded to CTS member Dr Philip Tromans for this thesis Advertising America: The Printing, Publication and Promotion of English New World Books, 1553-1600’. Dr Tromans will collect his award at the January 2017 graduation ceremony.
23 November 2016 The AHRC-funded research project "Shakespeare's Early Edititions" led by CTS Director Prof Gabriel Egan has appointed Dr Michael Stout to be its Post-Doctoral Research Associate, starting on 1 February 2018.
27-28 October 2016 CTS member Prof Siobhan Keenan gave two keynote lectures entitled "'How chances it they travel?' (Hamlet 2.2.317): Shakespeare and his Plays on Tour" and "Re-Reading Shakespeare's Richard III: Tragic Hero/Villain?" at the conference "Shakespeare Lives: Re-reading, Re-writing, Re-contextualising Shakespeare" in Iasi, Romania, organised by the British Council and Alexandra Ioan Cuza University as part of the British Council’s "Shakespeare Lives" initiative.
17 September 2016 CTS member Dr Deborah Mutch collaborated with the Chief Trustee of the Working Class Movement Library in Salford to organise a one-day public conference called "Radical Women, 1880-1914". The conference heard papers on female radicalism across the UK, Europe and the Middle East, and from the nineteenth century to the present, as well as keynote speeches from Professors Sheila Rowbotham and Karen Hunt.
5 October 2016 The AHRC-funded research project "Shakespeare's Early Edititions" led by CTS Director Prof Gabriel Egan is now formally underway with the TEI-XML encoding by CTS member Kyonnah Price of the 1597 first quarto of Romeo and Juliet.
17 September 2016 The CTS is offering two hands-on 2-hour letter-press printing workshops to graduate students (and their tutors) on 2 November 2016 at 4-6pm and 9 November 2016 at 4-6pm. The sessions will teach attendees how to set movable type, impose a forme of type, and then print it. The second session will build on the first so for the complete process an attendee should come to both sessions, but we will accept attendees coming to just one of them. The sessions are free of charge to graduate students and their tutors. Use the link on the left to get more details and book a place.
6 September 2016 De Montfort University has awarded Eddie Burton a bursary to cover his fees while he undertakes a PhD in the CTS, working on the Shakespeare's Hamlet and the philosophical questions that it raises and engages with.
1 September 2016 CTS member Paul Brown has been appointed to a one-year AHRC-funded Lectureship in English Literature at De Montfort University to cover for CTS Director Gabriel Egan who has research leave to pursue a project in "Shakespeare's Early Editions" in his capacity as AHRC Research Leadership Fellow (2016-18).
15 August 2016 The CTS has appointed Dimitrios Foukis to its CTS-funded PhD scholarship in textual criticism and authorship attribution by computational methods. Dimitrios has BA degrees in Theology and Humanities and Masters degrees in Cognitive Science and Intelligent Systems and Robotics.
1 June 2016 The CTS is advertising a full PhD scholarship in textual criticism and authorship attribution by computational methods. The post, which will be supervised by CTS Director Gabriel Egan, can be in any field, genre, or period of literary-historical research. Follow the link on the left to see the post advert and further particulars.
18 April 2016 CTS member Dr Jane Dowson, who built the online edition of the works of the 20th-century poet Elizabeth Jennings (see our 'Projects' page linked above), is one of several scholars running at one-day symposium on Jennings's work, with poetry readings, at St Anne's College Oxford on 29 October 2016. Follow the link on the left for all the details.
14 April 2016 CTS Director Gabriel Egan has been made a Research Leadership Fellow by the AHRC and awarded funding of £249,000 to be Principal Investigator on a project called "Shakespeare's Early Editions: Computational Methods for Textual Studies" (running from 2016 to 2018) that will explore the differences between the quarto and Folio versions of his plays to see if they can be quantified and explained in terms of textual corruption and authorial and non-authorial revision.
16 February 2016 CTS Director Gabriel Egan will be presenting a paper on the future of computational analyses of large textual corpora of literary works at the 44th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in New Orleans, 23-26 March 2016. The paper will take the Early English Books Online Text Creation Partnership (EEBO-TCP) and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online Text Creation Partnership ECCO-TCP datasets as its subject and will announce a new Application Programmating Interface (API) for the interrogation of these datasets via the Jisc Historical Texts (JHT) service, and a new 'Labs' feature in JHT that will enable any user to begin intensive and extensive algorithmic processing of the EEBO-TCP and ECCO-TCP data.
11 February 2016 CTS PhD student Phil Tromans passed his viva voce examination today. Congratulations Dr Tromans!
20 January 2016 De Montfort students taking the course "ENGL3099 Textual Studies Using Computers" have just returned from a week-long field trip to the Electronic Textual Cultures Lab at the University of Victoria, Vancouver Island, Canada. On the trip they learnt about eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and its use by the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) for the marking for computer processing of literary and historical texts. This introduction will lead the students own project work marking up and processing a literary or historical text of their own choosing back here at De Montfort. This trip was made possible by De Montfort's DMUglobal initiative.
17 October 2015 CTS member Dr Takako Kato has secured external funding from the AHRC-funded project The Academic Book of the Future to hold the next Quadrivium Network event--"Quadrivium XI"--at De Montfort. The event, aimed at doctoral students and early career researchers in medieval studies, is called "Identity, Use and Creation of the Academic 'Books' for Medievalists" and will take place on 5-6 November 2015.
12 October 2015 Online registration is now open for our Midlands Three Cities Doctoral Training Partnership (M3C-DTP) Hands-On Printing Workshops at the CTS on 25 November, 2 December, 9 December, and 16 December 2015.
3 September 2015 Online registration is now open for the three-day conference "Users of Scholarly Editions: Editorial Anticipations of Reading, Studying and Consulting"--the annual meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS)--being hosted by the CTS from 19 to 21 November 2015.
20 August 2015 The journal Shakespeare Quarterly has accepted for publication in 2016 an article that the CTS Director Prof Gabriel Egan has co-written with three Electrical Engineers from the University of Pennsylvania--Alejando Ribeiro, Mark Eisen, and Santiago Segarra--and that uses an entirely new method of computational stylistics called Word Adjacency Networks to investigate the co-authorship of some of Shakespeare's plays.
10 June 2015 CTS Director Prof Gabriel Egan has been appointed as one of the four General Editors of the New Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works that will appear in 2016. This is Oxford University's Press first new complete Shakespeare edition for 30 years and it re-edits all his works on an entirely new set of editorial principles reflecting the latest thinking and fresh scholarship on Shakespeare's writing (including his collaborations) and the manuscripts and printed editions that first held it.
16 February 2015 The graduate students of the Centre for Adaptations and the Centre for Textual Studies have formed themselves into a new collaboration called GradCATS for the purpose of starting an annual conference series to be organized entirely by students. See the link on the left for the Call for Papers for their inaugural conference on the theme of "Texts in Times of Conflict" to be held at De Montfort on 8 September 2015.
11 January 2015 CTS member Dr Takako Kato has been recognized as a DMU Future Research Leader for January-December 2015, which comes with 2,000 GBP of funding for progressing a personal development plan.
20 November 2014 The CTS will host an international academic conference on 'Reading Copy-Specific Features: Producers, Readers and Owners of Incunabula' from 30 June to 1 July 2015. Details of the topic and the confirmed speakers are linked on the left.
19 September 2014 The unearthed body of King Richard III will be interred at Leicester Cathedral on 26 March 2015 and on the day before, that is 25 March 2015, the CTS and the Centre for Adaptations will host a one-day conference entitled "Richard III: Histories--Transformations--Afterlives". The link on the left has all the details and the Call for Papers.
13 August 2014 The Briggs-Blake-Zurbrugg Memorial Library is complete. This is a collection of 3,347 books left to the English Department at De Montfort University by Profs Julia Briggs, N. F. Blake, and Nicholas Zurbrugg. The books have been catalogued (online searchable), labelled, and shelved in the post-graduate study room (Clephan 1.01) shared by the CTS and the Centre for Adaptations. All (literally, all) are welcome to use them. The BBZ Library is so important that it has its own link from the top navigation bar of every page of this website.
20 August 2014 CTS member David Hucklesby has had a chapter of his research published. It is called 'B.S. Johnson, Giles Gordon and a 'New Fiction': The Book, The Screen and the E-book" and it appears at pages 202-16 of Julia Jordan and Martin Ryle (eds.) B.S. Johnson and Post-War Literature: Possibilities of the Avant-Garde (Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2014).
30 July 2014 CTS director Gabriel Egan has received follow-on funding of £14,847 from the Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) for his project "Personal Printing: The Iron Press to 3D and Back" that will scan rare pieces of type and attempt to recreate them by digital manufacture. The work is described in the 'Projects' of this website.
30 June 2014 CTS member Nicola Boyle has co-authored with C. L. Wooton (Queen's Medical Centre, Nottingham) and T. O. Bleiker (Royal Derby Hospitals, Derby) a research poster that will be presented on 2 July 2014 at the 94th Annual Meeting of the British Association of Dermatologists (BAD) at the Scottish Exhibition and Conference Centre, Glasgow, 1-3 July 2014. The poster is called "Is Shakespeare to blame for the negative connotations of skin disease?" and draws on evidence from the plays to argue that he didn't simply adopt the norms about skin disease of his time but reflected complexly upon them in his portrayals of attitudes towards it, and that his popularity has kept that period's norms in the public eye long after they have been widely abandoned in favour of more enlightened views. The poster has attracted media attention, including an article in The Independent for 30 June 2014. Links are on the left.
17 March 2014 The CTS and the Centre for Adaptation Studies are holding a joint one-day symposium on 'Reforming Shakespeare: 1593 and After' on 3 June 2014, for which paper proposals are invited. The event flyer is linked on the left.
8 November 2013 CTS member Elizabeth Penner is co-organizing with DMU research student Anna Blackwell a post-graduate conference on "'Textual, Visual and Digital Cultures': Showcasing Art, Design and Humanities Postgraduate Research at De Montfort University" on 21 February 2013. The flyer for their event is linked on the left.
10 October 2013 CTS director Gabriel Egan has received Higher Education Innovation Fund (HEIF) funding of £13,300 for his project "Personal Printing: The Iron Press to 3D and Back" that will scan rare pieces of type and attempt to recreate them by digital manufacture. In collaboration with Lionel Dean (DMU School of Design) this research, knowledge transfer, and enterprise project will undertake practical experiments in recreating the materials used to make books in the hand-press era.
3 September 2013 CTS member Jane Dowson has published an essay on the archives of the poet Elizabeth Jennings in the book The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation edited by Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead and just published by Ashgate. In it she discusses the relationship between library and digital archives with reference to the Jennings website, one of the projects of the CTS.
19 August 2013 CTS member Nicola Boyle is giving a paper called "The Lady Elizabeth's Men: A Jacobean Playing Company" on 6 September 2013 at the conference "The Wedding of Frederick V Elector Palatine and Elizabeth Stuart: Staging and Impact of a European Marriage Alliance" at University of Heidelberg that runs 5-7 September 2013.
18 August 2013 CTS member Phil Tromans is giving a paper called "Advertising America: Marketing Elizabethan Translations of Foreign Accounts of the New World" on 15 November 2013 at the conference "Resurrecting the Book" at the new Library of Birmingham that runs 15-17 November 2013.
9 August 2013 CTS members David Hucklesby and Jason Smith are running a one-day workshop on Saturday 17 August called "Forms of Innovation: Communicative Space", exploring the importance of communicative space in contemporary research and creative practices.
18 March 2013 CTS member Elizabeth Penner is planning with Anna Blackwell a postgraduate conference called Legacy: Mythology and Authenticity in the Humanities. Please circulate their flyer wherever you think it could be seen by those who might be interested.
5 February 2013 CTS member Deborah Mutch will be delivering the keynote lecture at the conference "Culture, Journals, and Working-Class Movements, 1820-1979" at the University of Salford on 16 May 2013.
3 February 2013 CTS member Andrew Thacker will be speaking at the British Association of Modernist Studies (BAMS) Postgraduate Training Day on managing large research projects at King's College London in May 2013. With Sascha Bru, Christian Weikop, and Peter Brooker he has edited the third volume of The Oxford Critical and Cultural History of Modernist Magazines, which Oxford University Press will publish in March 2013.
1 February 2013 CTS member Jane Dowson's essay on "Poetry and Personality: The Private Papers and Public Image of Elizabeth Jennings" will appear in Carrie Smith and Lisa Stead's collection The Boundaries of the Literary Archive: Reclamation and Representation, which Ashgate will publish in August 2013.
28 January 2013 CTS member Tim Fulford has co-edited with Carol Bolton The Collected Letters of Robert Southey, Part 3 and they will appear on the Romantic Circles website in March 2013. His Cambridge University Press monograph The Late Poetry of the Lake Poets is in press and scheduled for publication later in 2013.
19 January 2013 CTS member Siobhan Keenan will be delivering a paper at the 41st annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America in Toronto, 28-30 March 2013. Her article on "The Simpson Players of Jacobean Yorkshire and the Professional Stage" will appear in the next issue of Theatre Notebook (67:1 (2013): 16-35).
9 January 2013 CTS Director Gabriel Egan will be one of the Visiting Faculty at the Folger Shakespeare Library's National Endowment for the Humanities Summer 2013 Institute on 'Early Modern Digital Agendas' in Washington DC from 8 to 26 July 2013.
3 December 2012 Thanks to the benevolence of the Leverhulme Trust, the CTS will benefit from the extensive expertise of Dr Brett D.Hirsch, who will be the Leverhulme Visiting Fellow in the centre for the whole of 2013. Dr Hirsch is Coordinating Editor of the Digital Renaissance Editions project and an experienced stylometrician. Whilst here he will assist the CTS Director Gabriel Egan on a project to help establish the outer boundaries of the Shakespeare canon for the New Oxford Shakespeare Complete Works due in 2016--exploring such questions as whether Thomas Kyd's The Spanish Tragedy and Anonymous's Arden of Faversham are partly by Shakespeare--and developing new digital methods of studying the press variants and compositor stints in the early editions of Shakespeare.
25 November 2012 CTS member Tim Fulford has just published with Pickering and Chatto the four volumes of his Robert Southey Poetical Works 1811-38 that he generally edited with Lynda Pratt.
26 November 2012 CTS Director Gabriel Egan attended the annual meeting of the European Society for Textual Scholarship (ESTS) meeting in Amsterdam on 22-24 November 2012, gave a paper and negotiated with the ESTS that its 2015 annual meeting will be held at the CTS.
3 October 2012 CTS member Andrew Hugill has a new book coming out called 'Pataphysics: A Useless Guide (MIT Press) and it is being launched at a five-day celebration of 'pataphysics, called Carnivàle Pataphysique, that is happening at various sites across San Francisco, California, running from the 1st to the 4th of November 2012.
25 September 2012 CTS member Phil Tromans has had his article "The Printing of Terra Florida (1563) and its Contexts" accepted by the international peer-review journal Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America for publication in 2013.
10 August 2012 CTS member Andrew Thacker will be giving a plenary address at the one-day conference "Modernist Magazines in the Americas: Points of Departure" in Oxford on 12 December 2012. The conference call-for-papers is open until 1 October 2012: see link on left for the conference website.
8 July 2012 CTS member Tim Fulford has just had published two online digital editions that he edited: Robert Bloomfield's The Banks of Wye and Robert Southey and Millenarianism: Documents Concerning the Prophetic Movements of the Romantic Era. Both are published by Romantic Circles online refereed website: see the links on the left for more information and to go to these editions.