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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
John O'Brien (Project Director: June 2017 to June 2021)
Tonya Howe (Co Project Director: August 2017 to June 2021)
Christine Ruotolo (Co Project Director: November 2017 to June 2021)
Literature in Context: An Open Anthology

Development of a working prototype for an open-access, curated, and classroom-sourced digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800).

Literature in Context is a TEI-encoded digital anthology of British and American literature in English (1650-1800) designed for use by students, teachers, and the general public. The project will innovate by taking full advantage of the affordances of digitization to create an Open Educational Resource that incorporates annotation, interactivity, digitized page images of original editions, and other contextual media materials. It also develops templates, assignments, and resources to help instructors at the college level engage students in the task of editing and annotating literary texts that can be added to the collection. Literature in Context provides a mechanism for the thoughtful, collaborative dissemination of our shared humanistic heritage. By including students in the production of the anthology, the project will foreground how the public construction of knowledge is essential to understanding the modern world.

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Project fields:
American Literature; British Literature

Digital Humanities Advancement Grants

Digital Humanities

$72,542 (approved)
$66,780 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2018 – 12/31/2019