January 26 Lightning Lunch – Digital Literary Archives

Jan 5, 2021

Welcome to a new year and new semester! To start off our winter programing, join the DHN for the first Lightning Lunch on Digital Literary Archives. Claire Battershill (University of Toronto), Michelle Levy (Simon Fraser University), and Lawrence Evalyn (University of Toronto) gather to discuss the intersection of literature, print history, and digital archives. Jennifer Ross (University of Toronto) will serve as moderator.

The event will take place from 12:00-1:00pm EST on January 26, 2021. Speakers will give short presentation on their work, followed by discussion.

Register here to attend!

Speaker Biographies:

Claire Battershill is an Assistant Professor cross-appointed in the Faculty of Information and the Department of English. Her research specializes in early twentieth-century literature and book and publishing history. She also writes short stories. Before returning to Toronto, she held a SSHRC postdoc at the University of Reading and a Banting Postdoc and SSHRC Impact Award at Simon Fraser University. She co-directs The Modernist Archives Publishing Project (MAPP), funded by a SSHRC Insight Grant, and was the co-creator of Make Believe: The Secret Library of M. Prud’homme, an imaginative exhibition of literature and material arts, funded by a Canada Council New Chapter Award in 2019. 

Michelle Levy specializes in Romantic literary history, print and manuscript culture, and women’s book history. She is the co-editor of the Broadview Reader in Book History (with Tom Mole, 2014); the co-author of Broadview Introduction to Book History (with Tom Mole, 2017); and is a contributor to the Multigraph Collective’s Interacting with Print: Elements of Reading in the Era of Print Saturation (2018). She has published extensively on women writers, print and manuscript culture, and digital humanities. Her first book, Family Authorship and Romantic Print Culture (Palgrave, 2008), explores the conjunction of authorship and family life as a distinctive cultural formation of the late eighteenth and early nineteenth century. Her new book, Literary Manuscript Culture in Romantic Britain, forthcoming in 2020 with Edinburgh University Press, describes how the practices of manuscript production and circulation interacted with an expanding print marketplace to nurture and transform the period’s literary culture. She also directs the Women’s Print History Project, 1750-1830, a comprehensive bibliographical database of women’s books.

Lawrence Evalyn is a PhD Candidate in English at the University of Toronto, examining digital research infrastructures and their impact on eighteenth century studies. His dissertation, “Print Politics in the Digital Archive, 1789-99,” investigates principles of inclusion and exclusion in eighteenth-century conceptions of literature and in contemporary digital databases.

Jennifer Ross is the Digital Humanities Network Postdoctoral Fellow at the University of Toronto’s Jackman Humanities Institute. She researches contemporary American literature, literary and cultural theory, critical disaster and terrorism studies, and the digital humanities. Her dissertation, “Insurgents on the Bayou: Hurricane Katrina, Counterterrorism, and Literary Dissent on America’s Gulf Coast,” explores forms of political resistance put forward in literature and film produced after the flooding of New Orleans in 2005. Her research can be found in two forthcoming edited volumes, Transnational Spaces: Intersections of Cultures, Languages, and Peoples (Vernon Press 2020) and Liberal Disorder: Emergency Politics, Populist Uprisings, and Digital Dictatorships (Routledge 2020).