EVENT: Texts All the Way Down: The Intertextual Networks Project

Newcastle University’s Animating Text hosts a virtual speaker series showcasing the work of digital humanists and textual scholars. On December 12 at 4pm GMT they will feature “Texts All the Way Down: The Intertextual Networks Project” with Ash Clark and Sarah Connell (Northeastern University):


This paper will share the Women Writers Project‘s newest publication, Women Writers: Intertextual Networks (WWIN). The WWP’s flagship resource Women Writers Online (WWO) collects approximately 450 works from the sixteenth to the nineteenth centuries, a watershed period in which women’s participation in the authorship and consumption of texts expanded dramatically. With the new WWIN interface, users can discover the many ways that pre-Victorian women writers engaged with and helped to produce early literate culture through their citations, quotations, references, allusions, and more. To create this resource, the WWP team identified all of the texts referenced from within the WWO collection, and linked these to a bibliography that currently contains more than 4,000 items. The WWIN interface includes 12,000 quotations, 7,000 citations, 5,000 titles, and hundreds of other forms of intertextuality. As such, this project can offer a model of large-scale bibliographic data wrangling among a complex set of primary sources. We will share insights and challenges from this project, discussing strategies for modeling, enabling discovery, and revealing complex layers of textual data and textuality among not only a primary corpus but also a related collection of texts.


Ash Clark (e/em/eir) serves as the XML Applications Developer for the Northeastern University Women Writers Project and Digital Scholarship Group. Eir work focuses on inclusive and accessible markup, metadata, and web publications. E is currently working on Digital Humanities Quarterly’s Biblio project, which seeks to map citations in the journal. E is also working on improved versions of Women Writers Online and the TEI Archiving, Publishing, and Access Service (TAPAS), a free publication hub for TEI documents.

Sarah Connell (she/her/hers) is the Assistant Director of the Women Writers Project and the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks at Northeastern University. Her research focuses on text encoding and text analysis, medieval and early modern historiography, and pedagogies of digital scholarship. Her current projects include Making Room in History, a text encoding project on early modern narratives of national identity; Word Vectors for the Thoughtful Humanist, an NEH-funded seminar series on research and teaching with word embedding models; and “Representing Racial Identity in Early Women’s Writing,” a project examining discourses around race in the Women Writers Online collection.

Advance registration is required.

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