2015 Sept 16: Laura Mandell at the U of S

On Sept 16 Wednesday, Laura Mandell from the Department of English at Texas A&M University will be here at the U of S. She's the author of Misogynous Economies: The Business of Literature in Eighteenth-Century Britain (1999), a Longman Cultural Edition of The Castle of Otranto and Man of Feeling, and numerous articles primarily about eighteenth-century women writers. Her recent article in New Literary History, “What Is the Matter? What Literary History Neither Hears Nor Sees,” describes how digital work can be used to conduct research into conceptions informing the writing and printing of eighteenth-century poetry. She is Project Director of the Poetess Archive, an online scholarly edition and database of women poets, 1750-1900 (http://poetessarchive.org), Director of 18thConnect (http://www.18thConnect.org), and Director of ARC, the Advanced Research Consortium overseeing NINES, 18thConnect, and MESA. Her current research involves developing new methods for visualizing poetry, developing software that will allow all scholars to deep-code documents for data-mining, and, as part of the eMOP project, improving OCR software for early modern and 18th-c. texts via high performance and cluster computing.

At 10:30 a.m., in the DRC (Arts 145), we'll be having an informal Question & Answer session in which Dr Mandell can tell us about the research initiatives with which she is involved. So come with your questions about 18th-century literature, women's writing, literary history, digital humanities, the Poetess Archive, 18thConnect, ARC, eMOP, digital archives, data mining, OCR, and anything else you can think of.

Dr Mandell will be giving the Dean's Research Lecture at the University Library, on "New Modes of Humanities Research: How Libraries Can Help," at 2:30 p.m. in Thorvaldson 159.

All are welcome to both events.

PS. ETRUS members at the U of S, if you'd like to come for lunch with Dr Mandell at the University Club after the Q&A session, drop Yin a line at yin.liu@usask.ca.