Projects

Jointly edited by sixteen MA students from the English Department at California State University, Northridge, 

The Countess of Dellwyn  Digitization Project was the primary service-learning project for the Spring 2014 course ENGL 630: Defiant Women of the Eighteenth Century. CSUN's Eighteenth-Century Scriveners are currently beginning work on the second editorial stage of the project.

See our project featured in the MLA Commons/Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities forum.

The 18th-Century Scriveners: Literary and Material Culture Group discusses a variety of texts from the long eighteenth century in conjunction with a myriad of other disciplines, including the digital humanities, to gain a better understanding of the period and its people. We meet several times a semester, and meetings are open to all students and interested community members. Follow us  on Twitter: @18thscrivcsun

Book Projects

Engaging the Age of Jane Austen:

Public Humanities in Practice

Co-authored with Bridget Draxler

(Dec. 2018, University of Iowa Press)

 

 

This book explores how literary scholars of the eighteenth century can engage students and the public through teaching and research. By discussing case studies in libraries, museums, archives, literacy centers, and digital spaces, we argue that considering multiple approaches to public space—including how the university functions as and alongside other community spaces—can help forge a strong connection between the study of eighteenth-century literature and culture and twenty-first-century issues. In so doing, we suggest, people from within and beyond the university gates can engage with important intellectual traditions and ethical questions that are grounded in eighteenth-century studies. 

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Enlightened Conceptions:

Reproduction, Medicine, & the Science of Empire in the Early British Novel 

(in progress)

As the first study to read the history of embryology alongside the rise of the novel across the seventeenth-, eighteenth-, and nineteenth-centuries, this project argues that scientific and vernacular medical texts and prose fiction developed across the period in mutually constitutive ways that troubled epistemological distinctions between ancient and modern facts and critiqued the instrumental applications of science across the emerging British Empire. 

Recent Student Projects
Co-edited with Ross Brummet, Anastasia Prinzing, and Jessica Stewart, this project digitizes and makes accessible Enlightenment-era civic discourse and its relationship to the current political and cultural landscape, one that has been increasingly called "The End of the Enlightenment."
 
Toward a New Literary Archives:
Recovering Marginalized Texts, Authors, and Cultures, from Medieval Persian Poetry to the Expanded Star Wars Universe

A Spring 2018 project of CSUN's ENGL 601 Graduate Seminar in Research Methods, this project aims to build on recent work in the fields of bibliography and archival studies that jointly seek to recover and include marginalized texts, authors, and cultures from the canon. Visit our site here to see an online archival exhibit that student researchers created to highlight important findings in their fields of study.