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University of California, Berkeley (Berkeley, CA 94704-5940)
Robert H. Hirst (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279810-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$307,846 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Mark Twain Project

Preparation for print publication of five volumes of works by Mark Twain (1835-1910) and updates to the Mark Twain Project Online. (36 months)

The Mark Twain Project asks support for a full-scale critical edition of Following the Equator, and for work needed to publish, both in print and on its digital edition, Mark Twain Project Online (MTPO), three major volumes in the Works of Mark Twain series: Pudd’nhead Wilson, The Innocents Abroad, and San Francisco Correspondence 1865-1866. The first two of these are also to be adapted for publication in the Mark Twain Library series, which brings the critically-established texts and explanatory notes to general readers and classrooms. Mark Twain's Letters, Volume 7 is to be prepared for publication on MTPO, along with five other editions already published in print by the UC Press; and the texts of 1,405 Mark Twain letters are to be transcribed, edited, supplied with critical apparatus, and published online. Support is sought for the ongoing management and curation of the project's textual and image datasets, improvements to the digital infrastructure, and development of MTPO's features and interface.

Cumberland University (Lebanon, TN 37087-3408)
Mark R. Cheathem (Project Director: November 2021 to present)

RQ-286850-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$217,800 (approved)
$217,800 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2023 – 12/31/2025

The Papers of Martin Van Buren

Preparation for publication of volumes 1 and 2 of the papers of Martin Van Buren (1782-1862), eighth president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Martin Van Buren is making the eighth president's papers accessible in digital and print editions. By doing so, this project will provide fresh insight into the founding of the Democratic party, the evolution of formal politics between the War of 1812 and the Civil War, and the changes in political culture that occurred during Van Buren’s lifetime. Additionally, it will help scholars, students, and the public better understand the maturation of United States political parties and political systems during the nation's early development.

University of Pittsburgh (Pittsburgh, PA 15260-6133)
Pilar M. Herr (Project Director: November 2021 to present)

RQ-286876-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$63,501 (approved)
$63,501 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

Chilean Parlamentos: Digital Edition and Translation of Indigenous Treaties (1724-1870)

Preparation to edit and publish annotated translations in a digital format of two parlamentos (indigenous treaties) signed in Chile in 1774 and 1803. (24 months) 

The project proposed for the NEH Translation Planning grant is the translation of a of a portion of the Chilean Mapuche Parlamentos peace treaties to plan for further translations and a full scale digital edition.

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Leslie S. Rowland (Project Director: November 2021 to present)

RQ-286877-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2023 – 6/30/2026

Freedmen and Southern Society Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. (36 months)

The Freedmen and Southern Society Project is editing Freedom: A Documentary History Of Emancipation, 1861-1867, a nine-volume documentary history of the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S. South. The edition documents a critical juncture in American history: the moment four million slaves gained their freedom. It constitutes a social history in the words of emancipated slaves and their contemporaries. Seven volumes will be in print by the beginning of the proposed grant period and the eighth will be ready for submission to the press. The final volume will be the work of the proposed grant period. The editors have published four additional volumes for general audiences and use in the classroom. The project's website provides both documents and interpretive material.

Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623)
Cathy Moran Hajo (Project Director: November 2021 to present)

RQ-286894-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$351,631 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

The Jane Addams Papers Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 5 and 6 of the Selected Papers of Jane Addams and a digital edition of the social reformer’s writings and letters from 1901-1935. (36 months)

The Jane Addams Papers Project is a scholarly editing project that will publish documents covering the years 1901-1935 in two formats. The first, the Jane Addams Digital Edition, is a freely-available edition of images, transcriptions, and metadata for all correspondence and writings. The second, The Selected Papers of Jane Addams, is a seven-volume edition that will contain transcribed and annotated documents covering the same years, with the most historically significant documents selected for publication. The project is also conducting a search for new Addams material that will be added to its publications and developing educational resources to encourage the use of the materials. It also serves as a practical experience using digital humanities tools for undergraduate students at the college.

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
James P. McClure (Project Director: November 2021 to present)

RQ-286916-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson

Preparation for publication of print volumes 47, 48, and 49 and digital publication of volumes 46 and 47 of the presidential papers of Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826). (36 months)

The Papers of Thomas Jefferson editorial project at Princeton University is continuing work on the authoritative scholarly edition of papers by and to Thomas Jefferson (1743–1826), third president of the United States.

Regents of the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1382)
Andrew S. Kohler (Project Director: November 2021 to September 2022)
Andrew S. Kohler (Project Director: September 2022 to present)

RQ-286922-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

A Critical Edition of the Works of American Composers George Gershwin (1898–1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896–1983)

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores of An American in Paris and Porgy and Bess by George (1898-1937) and Ira Gershwin (1896-1983), and to commence work on nine other musicals that include Cuban Overture, I Got Rhythm Variations, Primrose, and Blue Monday, among others. (36 months)  

While the works of George and Ira Gershwin are readily accessible in non-scholarly imprints and recordings, they too often circulates in inconsistent and inaccurate versions. Until our project, even such landmark musical scores as Rhapsody in Blue, An American in Paris, and Porgy and Bess suffered from substandard editions that misrepresented the Gershwins’ artistic vision. The George and Ira Gershwin Critical Edition provides scholarly yet practical editions to restore the brothers' intentions. We also have a public educational program, with three primary goals: 1. To inform the public of the GCE’s research and performance activities through its website, blogs, and informational videos. 2. To provide scholars and performers with each volume’s critical reports, as well as with associated forums through which they can discuss the Initiative’s research. 3. To mentor U-M students in writing and research, particular through editorial work as assistants and through the Initiative’s blog.

University of Notre Dame (Notre Dame, IN 46556-4635)
John Betz (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286932-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$196,417 (approved)
$196,417 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

Schelling's Philosophy of Revelation: A Critical Edition of the Original Lectures

Preparation for print publication of a translation and critical edition of the 1831 and 1832 Munich lectures by German philosopher Friedrich von Schelling (1775-1854). (36 months)

The purpose of this project is to provide a complete, historical-critical introduction and translation into English of Schelling's original 1831 and 1832 Munich lectures on the Philosophy of Revelation. Schelling is universally regarded as one of the great philosophers of the German tradition, whose early and middle works have been translated into countless languages. To this day, however, we still have no edition of these important lectures in English, which represent the culmination and arguably the crowning achievement of his thought. We thus propose this edition in order to fill what we see as a major lacuna in the humanities and in the study of the philosophy of religion in particular.

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Francesco Izzo (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286938-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$251,257 (approved)
$251,257 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

The Works of Giuseppe Verdi

Preparation for print publication of a critical edition and score of Le trouvère, Un ballo in Maschera, Juvenilia, and Lombardi alla prima Crociata by the Italian composer Giuseppe Verdi (1813-1901), and to continue work on four additional Verdi operas: Falstaff, Otello, Romanze, and Les vêpres siciliennes. (36 months)

The scholarly critical edition of the complete works of Giuseppe Verdi www.verdiedition.org makes available to scholars and performers reliable editions of the music of a major historical figure. It includes operas at the core of the repertory, e.g., Rigoletto, Il trovatore, La traviata, Otello, and Falstaff, as well as the Messa da Requiem and other non-operatic works. Eighteen out of a projected thirty-seven titles are now in print, with two more appearing in 2022-2025 and a target completion year of 2050. Entirely based on original sources, the edition produces musical scores freed from inauthentic interventions that have become the standard for performance and recording worldwide. It also presents detailed histories of the works—from composition, to early performance, to broader cultural influence up to the present day.

University of North Carolina, Charlotte (Charlotte, NC 28223-0001)
William Edward Sherman (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286945-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$48,371 (approved)
$48,371 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2023 – 12/31/2023

'Attar's Affliction: Sufism and Allegory in the Global Middle Ages

Preparation to publish an annotated translation from Persian into English of The Divine Tragedy (Musibat-Nameh) by Farid al-Din 'Attar (c. 1142 - c. 1221), a Sufi poet who lived in Nishapur, Iran. (12 months)

This translation offers the first English rendition of Farid al-Din 'Attar's The Divine Tragedy ("Musibat-Namah"), a text that has remained inaccessible to non-Persian audiences despite the tormented beauty of its verses, its significance in Persian and Sufi literary history, and the way it positions us to expand the horizons of our literary theorizing and embrace a more global middle ages. Composed circa 1180 CE, the epic poem guides readers through the sufferings that God subjects upon spiritual pilgrims. The Divine Tragedy is also an exploration on the nature of language and a deft reflection on "allegory" as the framework to understand not just a literary genre but Islamic conceptions of the relationship between an individual and his or her experience of the world as a tumultuous mess of matter, flesh, spirit, and deception. A critical translation is necessary to pursue these themes and share the richness of ''Attar''s work.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Jennifer Stertzer (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286962-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2024

The Papers of U.S. President George Washington (1732–1799)

Preparation for publication of volumes 33 through 37 of the Revolutionary War series of the papers of George Washington (1732-1799). (24 months)

The Papers of George Washington is a scholarly documentary editing project that edits, publishes, publicizes, and makes accessible a comprehensive edition of George Washington's public and private papers. This edition, available in both digital and print formats, has been divided into six series, five of which have been completed: the Diaries; the Colonial Series; the Confederation Series; the Presidential Series; and the Retirement Series. Project staff now focuses on completing by 2028 the Revolutionary War Series. The University of Virginia Press has published seventy-nine of a projected ninety-three print volumes. The Washington Papers also are accessible on the web. Since 2007, all of our volumes have appeared in UVA Press's Rotunda digital edition following publication of the print edition. In addition, Founders Online incorporates all previously published volumes, along with "Early Access" transcriptions of our remaining unpublished material: http://gwpapers.virginia.edu.

Western Kentucky University (Bowling Green, KY 42101-1000)
Landon D.C. Elkind (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286963-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$281,104 (approved)
$281,104 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2023 – 12/31/2025

Principia Mathematica: A Critical Edition

Preparation for publication of a critical edition in print and digital formats of Principia Mathematica (1910-1913) by British philosophers Alfred North Whitehead (1861-1947) and Bertrand Russell (1872-1970). (36 months)

This three-year collaboration between Western Kentucky University and the University of Iowa will produce the first-ever critical edition of Whitehead and Russell’s landmark Principia Mathematica. The resulting scholarly edition will be published in print and digital formats with Cambridge University Press in 2025. The new edition of Principia will (1) enable us to place ourselves in the mathematical context within which Principia was written by indicating the texts and authors whose theorems and proofs Whitehead and Russell logically analyzed in writing Principia, and (2) reveal the logical structure of Principia’s text for the first time, producing from a database of Principia’s starred numbers tables indicating which theorem is used where, and what is used to prove any given theorem, in simple and easily surveyed tables. This first-ever critical edition will be an important stage in the ongoing modernization and rehabilitation of Principia’s Logicist foundation for mathematics.

Abraham Lincoln Presidential Library and Museum (Springfield, IL 62701-1004)
Daniel Worthington (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286973-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$150,000 (approved)
$66,667 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln

Preparation for online publication of materials from the political campaigns of Abraham Lincoln (1809-1865), 16th president of the United States. (12 months)

The Papers of Abraham Lincoln is a documentary editing project dedicated to identifying, imaging, transcribing, annotating, and publishing online free of charge all documents written by or to Abraham Lincoln during his lifetime (1809-1865). The Papers of Abraham Lincoln aspires to foster new and innovative scholarship on Abraham Lincoln, antebellum America, and the Civil War by replacing The Collected Works of Abraham Lincoln, which encompassed 6,769 documents in eight volumes and two supplemental volumes (1953-55, 1974, 1990), as the standard compilation of Lincoln documents. With the inclusion of incoming correspondence and newly discovered documents written by Lincoln, The Papers of Abraham Lincoln will offer scholars, students, and enthusiasts an additional 99,566 documents from which to evaluate Lincoln’s life and era. The project is responding to NEH’s “A More Perfect Union”: America at 250.

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul B. Israel (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-286983-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$150,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

Edison Papers Digital Editions

Preparation for publication of print volume 10 of the selected papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the years 1890-1892. (12 months)

This grant will fund work on the book edition of the Thomas A. Edison Papers and the transition of that edition to a series of thematic guides. During the grant period we will also work on building out our digital image edition, uploading collections from the edition to the Internet Archive, and developing an integrated digital edition that will encompass the book volumes, thematic guides, and digital image edition.

Massachusetts Historical Society (Boston, MA 02215-3631)
Sara Martin (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-287004-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$400,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

Adams Papers Editorial Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 22 and 23 of the papers of John Adams (1735-1826) and volumes 16, 17, 18 of the Adams Family’s correspondence. (36 months)

The Adams Papers Editorial Project at the Massachusetts Historical Society (MHS) is the authoritative scholarly edition of the diaries, letters, official records, public writings, and literary miscellanies written by three generations of the Adams Family of Massachusetts, including Abigail Adams, John Adams, John Quincy Adams, Louisa Catherine Adams, Charles Francis Adams, and their families. Since 1956, the project has published 56 volumes, with 49 freely available online (https://www.masshist.org/publications/adams-papers/). This family record charts the generational shifts in American life from the Revolution through the Civil War. As the nation’s 250th anniversary approaches, editors are focused on the founding generation’s efforts to establish “A More Perfect Union,” a complex saga that will unfold in 17 more volumes by 2039. The Adams Papers has received continuous aid from the NEH since 2003; we seek further support to make this unparalleled resource accessible to all.

Native Village Of Eklutna (Chugiak, AK 99567-5148)
Aaron Leggett (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-287005-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$257,183 (approved)
$257,183 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2025

The Upper Inlet Dena'ina Oral Narratives Collection: Transcription,Translation,Annotation, and Publication

Planning to publish the transcription, translation, and annotation of the oral folk tales of the Dena'ina who live in Alaska. (36 months)  

This three-year project will transcribe, translate into English, annotate, and publish the complete known corpus of audio recorded narratives of the Upper Inlet Dena’ina (Tanaina) (UID) of southcentral Alaska, primarily by the late Dena’ina elder Shem Pete (c. 1896–1989), a versatile and prolific storyteller.

University of Detroit Mercy (Detroit, MI 48221-3038)
Juan Carlos Flores (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-287022-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$295,528 (approved)
$295,528 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2023 – 12/31/2025

A Critical Edition of Henry of Ghent's Quaestiones Ordinariae (=Summa), Art., 73-75

Preparation for print and digital publication of 13th-century philosopher Henry of Ghent’s Questiones ordinariae (Summa), articles 73-75. (36 months)

This will be the first critical edition of Henry of Ghent’s Summa, articles 73-75. It will be published by Leuven University Press. Henry of Ghent was the most important philosopher and theologian in the last decades of the thirteenth century, between Thomas Aquinas and John Duns Scotus. His thought was influential in the medieval and modern periods and beyond. This edition covers the last articles of his major work (the Summa), which deal with philosophy of language—a topic of major significance in the history of philosophy and in contemporary scholarship. The edition will promote translations and studies of this central topic in this major figure.

Klezmer Institute, Inc. (Yonkers, NY 10702-1175)
Walter Zev Feldman (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-287038-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$148,560 (approved)
$148,560 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2024

Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Critical Editions

Preparation of a critical edition and performance scores?of The Kiselgof-Makonovetsky collection of Klezmer music written in 1912-1914 in Yiddish, Ukrainian, and other East European languages. (24 months)?  

The Kiselgof-Makonovetsky Critical Editions will make available music manuscripts that will broaden the range of accessible early twentieth-century European Jewish music resources, recenter the repertoires of key klezmer musician informants, and will contextualize the work of Europe's revered twentieth-century Jewish ethnomusicological researchers. The Series will develop a new proposed standard for transliteration of Yiddish dialect to be presented alongside YIVO Yiddish, addressing a long-standing need for systematic, searchable text that preserves the idiom of Ashkenazic dialects.

University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300)
Robert Karachuk (Project Director: December 2021 to present)

RQ-287039-22
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$130,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

The Papers of James Monroe

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. (12 months).

The Papers of James Monroe is a longstanding scholarly editing project dedicated to making the correspondence and other public and private papers of the fifth president of the United States more accessible to researchers, teachers, students, and general readers. The project is sponsored by the University of Mary Washington and funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanities. Staff collect, transcribe, and annotate selected documents for publication in print in a series of ten volumes issued by ABC-CLIO and online in a digital edition produced by Rotunda, the digital imprint of the University of Virginia Press. A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe was released in two volumes in 2000. The first volume of The Papers of James Monroe appeared in 2003. Subsequent volumes have followed at regular intervals. The most recent, Volume Seven, came out in 2020. The proposed grant will be applied to the preparation of Volumes Eight and Nine.

Connecticut College (New London, CT 06320-4150)
Sarah Ann Queen (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279816-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$199,959 (approved)
$199,959 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2023

Translation of the Gongyang and Guliang Commentaries to Spring and Autumn Annals: An Early Chinese Text

Preparation for print and digital publication of an edition and annotated translation of two commentaries to The Spring and Autumn Annals from classical Chinese, written by Confucius (551–479 BCE). (24 months)

Gongyang and Guliang, two of the world’s earliest written commentaries to the Spring and Autumn Annals, have exerted tremendous influence on Chinese political and intellectual life for two millennia. Instrumental in elevating Confucius to the status of one of the greatest sages of Chinese culture, they envision him as author of the Annals, who bequeathed to future generations this court chronicle containing a hidden and esoteric blueprint for world salvation. These commentaries extract from Annals patterns and rules by which to reconstruct the teachings of the True Sage. With their rigorous analytic methodology, they fashion an intricate hermeneutic as well as the world’s first systematic historiography. Through the first scholarly English translation, side-by-side with the original, accompanied by rich introductory and explanatory material, we will make these works readily available for study by early China scholars, comparatists, political scientists, philosophers, and historians.

Stanford University (Stanford, CA 94305-2004)
Clayborne Carson (Project Director: December 2020 to September 2021)
James T. Campbell (Project Director: September 2021 to March 2022)
Lerone Allen Martin (Project Director: March 2022 to present)

RQ-279818-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$225,000 (approved)
$187,500 (awarded)

Grant period:
4/1/2022 – 9/30/2023

The Papers of Civil Rights Leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968)

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of American civil rights leader Martin Luther King, Jr. (1929-1968), covering the years 1962-1964.  

The Martin Luther King, Jr., Papers Project's principal mission is to publish the fourteen-volume annotated scholarly edition of King's most historically significant correspondence, sermons, speeches, published writings, and other works. Since its founding in 1985, the Project has published seven volumes of The Papers of Martin Luther King, Jr., which have become fundamental reference works for historians, scholars, and students. The edition, which is scheduled for completion in 2043, provides an unprecedented glimpse into the modern civil rights movement through King's life and works. Our website, https://kinginstitute.stanford.edu/, founded in 1995, includes facsimiles, audio/visual recordings, and PDF and HTML versions of the edition's first six volumes. This application for funding responds to the NEH's "A More Perfect Union" initiative to examine how America's founding ideals of life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness have been expanded for a pluralistic society.

University of Chicago (Chicago, IL 60637-5418)
Clifford Ando (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279863-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$275,155 (approved)
$275,155 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Roman Statutes: Renewing Roman Law

Preparation for print and online publication of translations and annotation of all surviving Greek and Latin inscribed legislation from classical Rome. (36 months)

The project will produce the first comprehensive, accurate, scholarly, and freely-available edition of all surviving inscribed legislation from classical Rome. The corpus of Roman laws has been continually enriched through new archaeological work, and new editions have been made as the corpus has expanded. The last decades have witnessed a remarkable sequence of discoveries. The current project will nearly double the amount of Latin and Greek text contained in the last major work in the field, produced by an international team of 23 scholars between 1983 and 1996. Mobilizing the resources of the Centre for the Study of Ancient Documents at Oxford University, we plan to produce a new print edition and open-access repository of this important historic material, with introductions, translation, and commentary designed to appeal to students and experts alike. It will amount to a revolution in the fields of Roman history and Roman law, and all areas of endeavor wherein these matter.

Purdue University (West Lafayette, IN 47907-2040)
Daniel W. Smith (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Nicolae C. Morar (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
Thomas Nail (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
Charles J. Stivale (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

RQ-279870-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,276 (approved)
$299,276 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Translation of the Seminars of French Philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995)

Preparation for online publication of English translations of seminar lectures delivered by French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995). (36 months)

The aim of our project (The Deleuze Seminars) is to translate the seminar lectures given at the University of Paris between 1979 and 1987 by the influential French philosopher Gilles Deleuze (1925-1995) and to make them available online at a website devoted to the project (deleuze.cla.purdue.edu). Deleuze is widely recognized as one of the most important and influential European philosophers of the twentieth century, and his writings have had a significant impact not only in philosophy but in disciplines such as film studies, psychology, political science, art history and art criticism, and literary theory. The project will make Deleuze’s work available to a broad English-speaking audience in the humanities.

University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
John C. A. Stagg (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279890-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2023

The Papers of James Madison

Preparation for publication of two volumes and work toward the completion of three additional volumes of the papers of James Madison (1751-1836), president, secretary of state, and drafter of the Constitution. (24 months)

The Papers of James Madison is a documentary project devoted to annotating and editing the complete papers of "The Father of the Constitution” and the fourth president of the United States. The project needs to complete its publication of his papers for the years 1806-09 and 1826-36. Forty volumes are already available in letterpress and digital formats. The edition will be completed in forty-nine volumes sometime between 2028 and 2030.

Princeton University (Princeton, NJ 08540-5228)
Wendy Belcher (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279892-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$297,256 (approved)
$297,256 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

African Humanities Folkloric Project: Written Medieval Stories on Healing and Justice from Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia

Preparation for digital publication of 180 African Marian stories preserved in parchment manuscripts, which will be catalogued, transcribed and translated from Ge'ez (classical Ethiopic) into English. (36 months)

The African Humanities Folkloric project (AHF) will provide students and scholars with web and print access to hundreds of vivid stories written for centuries in Egypt, Sudan, Eritrea, and Ethiopia about the miracles that the Virgin Mary performed for the faithful, whether sinners or saints. By increasing U.S. access to short, meaningful African narratives about healing, reparative justice, and personal ethics in a violent world, the AHF project is part of ensuring that the humanities in the United States is founded on a truly global canon. The NEH Scholarly Editions and Scholarly Translations Grant would fund the labor of experienced researchers with rare language skills to catalog stories in parchment manuscripts, translate dozens of stories into English, and write short introductions to them. The project will begin October 2021 and end 36 months later, in September 2024.

Penn State (University Park, PA 16802-1503)
Sandra W. Spanier (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279901-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway

Preparation for print publication of volumes 6, 7, and 8 of a scholarly edition of the letters of American author Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961). (36 months)

The Letters of Ernest Hemingway is a comprehensive scholarly edition of the 6,000 surviving letters of Ernest Hemingway (1899-1961), 85% previously unpublished, planned for 17 volumes. A 1954 Nobel Laureate, Hemingway made a profound impact on modern prose and still commands enormous popular and scholarly interest worldwide. The letters afford new insights into the life and work of this most influential American writer and narrate a running eyewitness history of the 20th century. With prior NEH support, Vols. 1-5 (1907-May 1934) were published by Cambridge University Press between 2011 and 2020; an electronic edition was launched in August 2020. The entire project is expected to be completed in 2044. Our proposal responds to the "A More Perfect Union" initiative. We are requesting 3-year funding to publish Vol. 6, submit Vol. 7, and begin work on Vol. 8, spanning June 1934-1942. https://www.cambridge.org/hemingway-letters; https://www.hemingwaysociety.org/hemingway-letters-project.

AIHEC (Alexandria, VA 22314-2015)
Jurgita Antoine (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279914-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$75,000 (approved)
$75,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2023

Sioux Literature in Translation: A Planning Project

Planning and development of an edition and translation to English of Lakota and Dakota literature, including songs, stories, letters and epics, from the earliest known to modern times. (12 months)

AIHEC proposes to create a detailed plan for developing an anthology of Siouan literature in translation in the series of Native Literatures of the Americas published by the University of Nebraska Press. This would be the first work to present a comprehensive literary landscape in Lakota/Dakota languages from the earliest known to modern times. The project involves engagement of the language communities in identification of texts for translation and the presentation of their cultural context.

Benedictine University (Lisle, IL 60532-0900)
Kaveh Hemmat (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279917-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$195,764 (approved)
$195,764 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2023

Khataynameh ("Book of China") Translation Project

Preparation for print and digital publication of a translation of a travel narrative written by Ali Akbar Khatayi, a Persian merchant who travelled to China in the 16th century. (24 months)

The proposed project is an annotated translation of the Khataynameh (“Book of China”), a description of the Ming state written in Persian in 1516 for the Ottoman court by Ali Akbar Khatayi, a merchant. This book is the longest and most substantial description of China written in any non-East Asian language before the establishment of regular maritime contact between Europe and China in the mid-16th century. While no English translation has been published, the book has been translated into Turkish, Chinese, French and Persian. Most of these translations are inaccessible or poorly serve the needs of scholars. This project will make use of manuscripts with annotations so that readers will be able to see where translators changed meaning, omitted or added text. A substantial introductory chapter will provide historical and literary context. The book’s syntax and style of writing are simple, so well-chosen annotations will make it useful to a range of scholars. https://www.bookofchina.page

University of Delaware (Newark, DE 19716-0099)
Trevor A. Dawes (Project Director: December 2020 to present)
Jane E. Calvert (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

RQ-279921-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$449,998 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Writings of John Dickinson (1732–1808)

Preparation for print and online publication of volumes four and five of the writings of John Dickinson (1732–1808), statesman from Delaware and Pennsylvania. (36 months)

The John Dickinson Writings Project (JDP) is working with the University of Delaware (UD) to publish The Complete Writings and Selected Correspondence of John Dickinson (UD Press) in an estimated 12 print volumes. It seeks NEH funding to hire two full-time Assistant Editors to complete Vol. 4 (1767–1769) and 5 (1770–1775) and purchase the indexing software CINDEX. The JDP launched in 2010 with an NEH grant. It has published Vol. 1 (2020). Vol. 2 will appear in early 2021, and Vol. 3 will appear in late 2021. We anticipate the project ending in 2039. Dickinson served in every national congress and convention (1765-1787). He wrote more for the American cause than any other, including most of the nation’s first state papers. The Founding era cannot be fully understood without reading his works. He was the only one to advocate for rights for subordinated groups—blacks, women, Indians, the poor, and criminals. This project is an ideal fit with the “More Perfect Union” initiative.

University of Wisconsin System (Madison, WI 53715-1218)
John Kaminski (Project Director: November 2020 to present)

RQ-279683-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$450,000 (approved)
$450,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Adoption of the Bill of Rights

Preparation for print publication of volumes 3, 4, and 5 on the ratification of the Bill of Rights and digital publication of supplemental documents. (36 months) 

The Documentary History of the Ratification of the Constitution and the Bill of Rights (DHRC) is one of the premier scholarly editing projects in the United States. Its mandate is to collect and publish the documentary record of the debate over the ratification of the U.S. Constitution and the Bill of Rights between 1787 and 1791. Copies of relevant documents have been collected from several thousand libraries, archives, historical societies, town clerk and county offices, and private collections. All books, pamphlets, broadsides, newspapers, and magazines published during this period have been searched. Over 17,000 manuscripts and 48,000 newspaper items have been accessioned. All manuscript collections for the time period are searched. In addition to scholars, DHRC volumes are used by judges, lawyers, and politicians in shaping public law and policy. The volumes have been cited by the U.S. Supreme Court, the U.S. district and appeals courts, and in many law reviews.

Duke University (Durham, NC 27705-4677)
David R. Sorensen (Project Director: November 2020 to present)

RQ-279704-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle

Preparation for print and digital publication of volumes 48, 49, and 50 of the correspondence of English author Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801–1866). (36 months)

The Collected Letters of Thomas and Jane Welsh Carlyle: The print publication of volumes 49 and 50 (the final volumes in the collection) of the correspondence of English author Thomas Carlyle (1795–1881) and his wife, Jane Welsh Carlyle (1801–1866), and publication of volumes 48–50 together with undateds and miscellanea in an existing online archive.

University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)
Michael E. Woods (Project Director: November 2020 to present)

RQ-279717-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Papers of Andrew Jackson: A Documentary Edition

Preparation for publication of volumes 12, 13, and 14 of the papers of Andrew Jackson (1767-1845), seventh president of the United States. (36 months)

The Papers of Andrew Jackson is a scholarly project to collect, edit, and publish, in print and online, the extant literary record of the seventh U.S. president. This research is vital for scholars of early U.S. political, social, diplomatic, and military history, and to political scientists, communications scholars, and researchers across the humanities. Our volumes engage with the rise of the U.S. nation-state, its relations with Indigenous nations and European empires, and contested definitions of citizenship, and thus respond to the "More Perfect Union" initiative. We are producing a scholarly edition of Jackson's papers in a seventeen volume bound series that is also available in two electronic formats. To date, we have published eleven volumes, with a twelfth (Volume XII: 1834) nearing completion; after that, we will have five more volumes to go. We expect to complete the full series by roughly 2035. The project URL is: https://thepapersofandrewjackson.utk.edu/.

American Musicological Society, Inc. (New York, NY 10012-1502)
Andrew Kuster (Project Director: November 2020 to present)

RQ-279732-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$300,000 (approved)
$254,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Music of the United States of America (MUSA)

Preparation for publication of five volumes in the series Music of the United States of America. (36 months)

Music of the United States of America (MUSA) is a series of scholarly editions of music that aims to represent the depth and diversity of our nation's heritage by publishing musical works of exemplary artistic quality and historical significance, for the benefit of scholars, performers, students, and the general public. Since 1993, MUSA has published 31 editions (5 are multi-volume sets) and 21 sets of associated performance parts, making its editions available world-wide for study and performance. MUSA intends to reach its goal of 40 editions in print by 2026. The AMS requests funding from the NEH for MUSA to move forward the publication of 5 new critical editions of music over 3 years. NEH funds will help pay the salary and benefits of the Executive Editor (who is responsible for executing the MUSA project) and wages for Editorial Assistant student workers at the University of Michigan School of Music, Theatre, and Dance.

University of Hawaii at Manoa (Honolulu, HI 96822-2247)
Anna Marie Stirr (Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Mason Brown (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

RQ-279760-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$293,893 (approved)
$293,893 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

Nepali Folk Performance: The Works of Subi Shah

Preparation for publication of an open-access print and digital edition and translation, from Nepali to English, of the six books of Subi Shah (1922-2008), a Nepali performer and educator who documented Nepali folk music, drama and dance. (36 months)

This project will translate six volumes of Nepali performer Subi Shah's work into English and publish them digitally and in print, with accompanying scores, and audio and video recordings. Shah (1922-2008) was a Nepali performer and educator who made it his life’s work to develop, sustain, and promote Nepali folk performance. His writings on the varied genres that make up the Pangdure tradition of the central Nepali hills are the only existing scholarship that analyzes and provides concrete examples of all aspects of performance (song, instrumental music, dance, drama) with detailed information about their interrelationships. They thus provide an essential resource for scholars and performers, including information published nowhere else. This project contributes to these traditions' cultural sustainability by involving local performers, and to decolonizing performance studies by challenging and posing concrete alternatives to Eurocentric structures of knowledge.

University of Massachusetts, Boston (Boston, MA 02125-3300)
Shaman Hatley (Project Director: November 2020 to present)
Jason Eric Birch (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)
James Mallinson (Co Project Director: February 2021 to present)

RQ-279768-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$299,470 (approved)
$299,470 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2022 – 5/31/2025

A Critical Edition and Translation of Sivanandasarasvati’s Yogacintamani

Preparation for print and digital publication of an annotated translation from Sanskrit of an influential work written by Sivanandasarasvati, a 16th-century Hindu monk and teacher. (36 months)

In the late sixteenth century, a learned Hindu monk of northern India named ivnandasarasvat attempted a grand new synthesis of teachings on yoga. Drawing on more than ninety Sanskrit sources, his erudite exegetical work, The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of Yoga (Yogacintmai), was the first major effort to integrate Patañjali’s philosophical yoga with Hahayoga, body-centered practices that anticipate the postural yoga so popular today globally. ivnanda’s magnum opus offers a unique window into the philosophy and practice of yoga in early modern India, at the height of the Mughal empire and on the eve of colonialism. His work addresses far-reaching questions that remain relevant today, such as “What is yoga?” and “Who should practice it?” A collaborative effort, this project aims to produce a critical edition and English translation of The Wish-Fulfilling Gem of Yoga on the basis of manuscripts collected from libraries across South Asia, including one copied in the author’s own lifetime.

University of North Florida (Jacksonville, FL 32224-7699)
Laura Heffernan (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279778-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$100,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
9/1/2021 – 8/31/2022

Documenting Black Jacksonville: The Viola Muse Digital Edition

Preparation for digital publication of the interview notes of Viola Muse (1891-1981), a writer who took part in the Florida Federal Writers Project from 1936 to 1940. (12 months) 

The Viola Muse Digital Edition will present the 73 discrete manuscript and typescript documents (totaling 262 pages) that comprise the Viola Muse Collection at the Jacksonville Historical Society. Muse was a local hairdresser and an interviewer/writer with the Negro Writers Division of the Florida Federal Writers Project (1936-40). Our edition will provide images and transcriptions of her fieldwork on Black society and Black history in Jacksonville as well as a scholarly introduction and headnotes/annotations for the documents.

Northern Michigan University (Marquette, MI 49855-5301)
Robert Whalen (Project Director: December 2020 to present)

RQ-279788-21
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2021 – 9/30/2024

The Complete Works of George Herbert

Preparation for print publication of three volumes, along with the corresponding digital components, of the complete works of George Herbert (1593-1633), including translations of Herbert’s Latin and Greek works. (36 months)

GEORGE HERBERT: COMPLETE WORKS (GHCW) is a comprehensive scholarly edition under contract with Oxford University Press: three print volumes, with extensive textual and critical apparatus, and including original verse and prose translations of Herbert’s Latin and Greek works. Complementing the print edition is a parallel-text digital resource that captures all witnesses as archive-quality images presented alongside diplomatic transcriptions. The edited texts, apparatus, and translations are reserved for the print edition, while the digital complement captures the full textual record as a dynamic and robust searchable archive, preserving the whole of Herbert’s oeuvre for future generations of scholars, students, and general readers. The $300,000 in NEH funds sought here represent roughly 41% of the project’s total costs. The editors’ institutions are committed to providing the remaining 59%.

Ramapo College of New Jersey (Mahwah, NJ 07430-1623)
Cathy Moran Hajo (Project Director: November 2019 to present)

RQ-271126-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals (outright + matching):
$219,331 (approved)
$219,331 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022

The Jane Addams Papers Project

Preparation of an open access digital edition of social reformer Jane Addams's writings and correspondence from 1901-1935 and completing research on Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of Jane Addams. (24 months)

The Jane Addams Papers Project is publishing a free digital edition of writings and correspondence from 1901-1935 and completing research on Volume 4 of the Selected Papers of Jane Addams.

University of North Carolina, Asheville (Asheville, NC 28804-3251)
Gordon Anthony Wilson (Project Director: November 2019 to May 2022)

RQ-271128-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$100,000 (approved)
$99,950 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

A Critical Edition of Henry of Ghent’s Quaestiones ordinariae (Summa), art. 63-67

Preparation for print and online publication of 13th-century philosopher Henry of Ghent’s Questiones ordinariae (Summa), articles 63-67. (12 months)

The critical edition of the works of Henry of Ghent, the most important medieval philosopher in the last quarter of the thirteenth century, is a project coordinated by Leuven University in Belgium. This edition fits into the large scheme of historical research in which the humanistic and intellectual roots of our institutions, ideas, and values, many of which have medieval origins, are developing. Forty-five volumes are anticipated in the series; twenty-three are in print and others are in preparation by a multinational team. This proposal is for three years (2021-2023) for G. Wilson, G. Etzkorn, and B. Goehring to research one specific volume: Quaestiones ordinariae (Summa), art. 63-67. The end product will be a printed volume in the Henry of Ghent series, and the Latin text will be placed on the Henry of Ghent web site https://philosophy.unca.edu/engage/henry-of-ghent/. Because Leuven University Press is committed to printing volumes in the series, publication is assured in advance.

University of Mary Washington (Fredericksburg, VA 22401-5300)
Daniel F. Preston (Project Director: December 2019 to August 2020)
Robert Karachuk (Project Director: August 2020 to present)
Robert Karachuk (Co Project Director: December 2019 to August 2020)

RQ-271134-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals (outright + matching):
$200,000 (approved)
$190,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 12/31/2022

The Papers of James Monroe

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of the papers of James Monroe (1758-1831), fifth President of the United States. (24 months)

The Papers of James Monroe is a longstanding initiative to collect, transcribe, annotate, and publish ten letterpress volumes of selected correspondence and other public and private papers of the fifth president of the United States. The project is sponsored by the University of Mary Washington and funded primarily by the National Endowment for the Humanities. A Comprehensive Catalogue of the Correspondence and Papers of James Monroe was released in two volumes in 2000. The first volume of The Papers of James Monroe appeared in 2003. Subsequent volumes have followed at regular three-year intervals. The most recent, volume seven, will be out in early 2020. The proposed grant will be applied to the preparation of volumes eight and nine.

University of South Carolina (Columbia, SC 29208-0001)
Constance B. Schulz (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271137-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals:
$200,000 (approved)
$200,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022

The Revolutionary Era Pinckney Statesmen of South Carolina: A Digital Documentary Edition - Phase 4 - Final

Preparation for digital publication of volume 4 of the papers of three South Carolina statesmen: Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746-1825), Thomas Pinckney (1750-1828), and Charles Pinckney (1757-1824). (24 months)

We request two years of final funding to complete all editorial work for the 4-volume publication of a born-digital selective scholarly edition of the papers of the revolutionary era Pinckney statesmen—brothers Charles Cotesworth Pinckney (1746–1825) and Thomas Pinckney (1750–1828 , and their cousin Charles Pinckney (1757–1824)—to develop plans for the transfer of all digital materials created by staff during the editorial process to an appropriate research institution for long-term preservation and access; and to partner with a Pinckney-related national park and state park to develop interpretive strategies for civic engagement at their sites drawing on the edition.

Trustees of Indiana University (Bloomington, IN 47405-7000)
Rega Wood (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271143-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$300,000 (approved)
$300,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023

Richard Rufus Project (RRP)

Preparation for print and online publication of a commentary on Aristotle’s metaphysics, redaction of Averroes’ Metaphysics, and the Oxford lectures of Richard Rufus of Cornwall, an early Scholastic philosopher-theologian (ca. 1200-1260). (36 months)

Richard Rufus introduced the teaching of Aristotle's Metaphysics and natural philosophy at Paris, the heart of the 13th-c. western intellectual world. At Oxford Rufus was the first bachelor to lecture on Lombard's Sentences. His very early lectures analyzed & challenged Aristotle's and Lombard's views. He thereby influenced the views of the great Scholastic philosophers who followed him, such as Roger Bacon's arguments for a beginning of the world, Albertus Magnus' discussion of universals, Aquinas' rejection of the ontological argument, and Duns Scotus' formal distinction and his theory of haecceity. After they were lost for 600 years, the British Academy (BA) began publishing our editions of Rufus' works, most recently his psychology lectures in 2018. In 2006, the Richard Rufus project (RRP) began publishing critical editions online. In 2020-23 RRP will submit vol. 2 of Rufus' Metaphysics lectures and vol. 1 of his Oxford lectures to the BA and publish online a newly discovered redaction of Averroes' Metaphysics in Latin. 

University of Maryland, College Park (College Park, MD 20742-5141)
Leslie S. Rowland (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271155-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$350,000 (approved)
$350,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
7/1/2021 – 6/30/2023

Freedmen and Southern Society Project

Preparation for publication of volumes 8 and 9 of Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867. (24 months)

The Freedmen and Southern Society Project is editing Freedom: A Documentary History of Emancipation, 1861-1867, a nine-volume documentary history of the transition from slavery to freedom in the U.S. South. The edition documents a critical juncture in American history: the moment four million slaves gained their freedom. It constitutes a social history in the words of emancipated slaves and their contemporaries. Seven volumes will be in print by the beginning of the proposed grant period; the eighth will be completed during the first year of the proposed grant; and the final volume will be the work of years 2 and 3 of the grant period. The editors have published four additional volumes for general audiences and use in the classroom. The project's website provides both documents and interpretive material.

Johns Hopkins University (Baltimore, MD 21218-2625)
Elizabeth O'Brien (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Altina Hoti (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271184-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

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Totals:
$215,481 (approved)
$215,481 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023

Translation and Critical Edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila's Embriología Sacra

Preparation for publication of a translation and critical edition of Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila’s Embriología Sacra (1751). (24 months)

A group of six scholars proposes to produce the first English-language translation and critical edition of Embriologia Sacra (1751), authored by Jesuit priest and Inquisitor Francesco Emanuele Cangiamila. Sacred Embryology is one of the most important Enlightenment-era texts on fetal personhood in the Catholic world. It inspired more than a century of similar works, abridgements, and translations. These works were widely distributed, especially throughout Latin America. It also directly influenced the Catholic Church’s position on fetal ensoulment, as articulated in Pius IX’s 1869 Apostolicae Sedis. With this text, Cangiamila became one of the first theologians—and certainly the most vocal of his time—to insist that fetal ensoulment might occur as early as conception. We expect that the volume will attract readers and researchers from numerous fields, given the work’s significance to Roman Catholic theology, gendered scientific practice, and social and legal debates about unborn life.

Lawrence University of Wisconsin (Appleton, WI 54911-5798)
Constance Kassor (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271197-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$99,972 (approved)
$99,972 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2021

Ways of Knowing in Tibetan Philosophy: An Annotated English Translation of Gorampa Sonam Senge’s Synopsis of the Middle Way

Preparation for publication of an English translation of the 15th-century Tibetan philosophical text Synopsis of the Middle Way by Gorampa Sonam Senge (1429-89). (12 months)

We are completing the first English translation of the 15th-century Classical Tibetan text, "Synopsis of the Middle Way." This encyclopedic text was composed by the renowned Tibetan Buddhist scholar-monk Gorampa Sonam Senge, and presents not only his own views on a range of philosophical topics including metaphysics, logic, epistemology, and ethics, but also catalogs the positions of dozens of other Indian and Tibetan Buddhist philosophers. The primary concern of the Synopsis is the nature of knowledge: what does it mean to know, and what kinds of knowledge are the most important? Gorampa is well-known in Tibetan Buddhism and this text is his most extensive philosophical work. The translation of this text will benefit scholars of Buddhism, as well as those interested in the nature of knowledge more broadly. Work was previously supported by an NEH Summer Stipend. The complete translation will be submitted to Wisdom Publications for publication in September 2021.

Rutgers University (New Brunswick, NJ 08901-8559)
Paul B. Israel (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271199-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals (outright + matching):
$350,000 (approved)
$345,680 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2022

Edison Papers Digital Book Edition

Preparation for publication of volumes 10, 11, and 12 of the selected papers of inventor Thomas Edison (1847-1931), covering the years 1890-1905. (24 months)

This application will fund work on Always Something New: Volume 10 (January 1890 to June 1892). During the grant period we expect to complete the manuscript of this volume. During the period of this grant we also will be transforming our book edition from print to digital formats, exploring ways to make it more accessible to a non-scholarly public while maintaining the high standards of our scholarly edition, and looking at new ways to link together our digital book and image editions.

Rhodes College (Memphis, TN 38112-1624)
Clara Pascual-Argente (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271200-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

Totals:
$89,430 (approved)
$89,430 (awarded)

Grant period:
1/1/2021 – 12/31/2021

The Story of Apollonius of Tyre: An Edition and Translation of Two Medieval Iberian Texts

Preparation for publication of a critical edition and translation of two medieval Iberian texts: the 13th-century verse romance Libro de Apolonio (Book of Apollonius), and Vida e historia del rey Apolonio (Life and Story of King Apollonius), the latter printed in 1488 and illustrated with 35 German woodcuts. (12 months)

The late antique romance of Apollonius of Tyre is central to the pre-modern literary imagination. Fictional king Apollonius loses and gains lands, riches, and family members across the Mediterranean in a series of twists and turns that riveted medieval audiences in Latin and vernacular languages. We propose to edit and translate two extant versions in Spanish: the thirteenth-century Libro de Apolonio (Book of Apollonius), a masterpiece of medieval European romance little known beyond the confines of Iberian literary history, and the fifteenth-century Vida e historia del rey Apolonio (Life and Story of King Apollonius), in which the same story is reshaped in print for humanist tastes. As the importance of medieval Iberia to the formation of European and Mediterranean cultures becomes increasingly recognized, these versions remain particularly relevant to our understanding of medieval vernacular reception and transformation of ancient culture.

Abilene Christian University (Abilene, TX 79601-3761)
Larry C. Niccum (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Stephen G. Delamarter (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271212-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$299,880 (approved)
$299,880 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023

The Emerging Text: The Textual History of the Ethiopic Bible

Preparation for print publication of a textual history of the Ethiopic translations of eight books of the Hebrew Bible. (36 months)

An analysis of the diachronic development of the Ethiopic text of eight biblical books documented by full transcriptions of the best representative witnesses of each major stage in Ethiopia’s history of biblical transmission.

University of Rochester (Rochester, NY 14627-0001)
Thomas G. Hahn (Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271213-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$299,763 (approved)
$299,763 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023

Middle English Text Series (METS)

Preparation for print and digital publication of six volumes of medieval literary texts (13th to 15th centuries) and implementation of an updated digital interface to enhance and expand user access. (36 months)

The Middle English Text Series (METS) is now in its 29th year of providing affordable and open-access critical editions of medieval texts for researchers and students. Ninety-five volumes have been published as of fall 2019. This proposal requests funding to support the print and digital publication of 6 volumes, and implementation of a re-designed digital edition to enhance and expand user access, support, and interaction. The primary purpose of METS is to make available for scholarly use critical editions of the textual tradition of medieval Britain. The focus of this project is upon vernacular texts from the 13th to the early-16th centuries that move beyond the ‘canonical’ authors, expanding our understanding of and access to the multilingual and multicultural culture of a vibrant and global British Isles. With its digital and print editions, the series has a global reach and influence, with users from the U.K., France, Italy, and Germany to China, Korea, India, and Australia.

SUNY Research Foundation, Albany (Albany, NY 12222-0001)
Louise M. Burkhart (Project Director: December 2019 to present)
Daniel O. Mosquera (Co Project Director: December 2019 to present)

RQ-271230-20
Scholarly Editions and Translations
Research Programs

[Grant products]

Totals:
$146,179 (approved)
$144,252 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2020 – 9/30/2023

Passion Plays of Eighteenth-Century Mexico: Nahuatl and Spanish Festival Performances Under the Eye of the Inquisition

Preparation for publication of a digital edition of 10 colonial Mexican Passion plays and contextualizing historical documents. (24 months)

Both Indigenous and Spanish-speaking residents of colonial Mexico put on performances of the Passion of Christ, creating locally-embodied enactments of this core Christian narrative. Always embroiled in disputes over religious authority and orthodoxy, these staged spectacles fell under stricter censure in the mid-eighteenth century, as church authorities added an Enlightenment-inspired disdain for emotive display to their distrust of popular, especially Indigenous, religion. Our digital publication project illuminates this facet of Mexican religious history by providing open access to four confiscated Spanish plays and related reports from an Inquisition investigation (1768–70), and to six Nahuatl-language plays from the same era. It hosts English translations and paleographic and standardized transcriptions. Essays on each play and on themes that cross-cut the corpus will orient users with respect to inter-connections and context, and suggest further research and student projects.