The WWP is seeking collaborators for Intertextual Networks, a three-year, $290,000 project, funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities (http://www.neh.gov/) and focusing on intertextuality in early women’s writing. Starting in October 2016, the WWP will begin work on this collaborative research initiative that will examine the citation and quotation practices of the authors represented in Women Writers Online (WWO) to explore and theorize the representation of intertextuality.For this project, the WWP will assemble a team that includes faculty, graduate students, and members of the WWP staff, representing a diverse set of perspectives and expertise. Each member of the collaborative group will pursue a personal research project engaging with materials from WWO, to be published in Women Writers in Context (http://wwp.neu.edu/context/), the WWP’s open-access publication series. Collaborators might develop research articles, short exhibits, visualizations, experimental encodings, and other explorations of intertextuality. We will also be developing interface tools for exploring intertextual connections and patterns.As part of this work, we will be undertaking a broad encoding of quotations and citations across the entire WWO collection, linking textual references to a comprehensive bibliography of sources, which we will make openly available at the WWO Lab (http://wwp.neu.edu/wwo/lab/). We will also make a deeper exploration of subtler kinds of intertextual reference (such as allusion and parody) in a subset of the collection, to reveal the many ways in which the textual space reverberates with echoes and referential gestures. This deeper exploration will be strongly informed by the research of our scholarly collaborators and the particular projects they undertake.For more details and to submit a proposal, see: http://wwp.neu.edu/research/projects/intertextuality/index.htmlPlease circulate to interested colleagues!Best wishes and thanks,SarahSarah Connell
Project ManagerWomen Writers
Readers in New England may be interested in this announcement about MASS MoCA’s exhibit “Bibliothecaphilia” reposted from Book History at Harvard. Anyone who has seen this exhibit and wishes to report back is invited to do so. “Bibliothecaphilia’s” exhibit page can be found here. The Massachusetts Museum of Contemporary Art in North Adams, MA, is always worth a visit.
For centuries, libraries have exerted a quiet sort of gravity, pulling us in with the promise that for a while, in the hushed, book-filled corridors, we can exceed ourselves. But, in this age of eBooks and library apps, does the physical and philosophical space of the library remain relevant? And what qualities define a library? Can libraries exist digitally, or be constituted of things other than books? The six artists in Bibliothecaphilia, explore the medium and ethos of libraries: institutions straddling the public and private spheres, the escapism that libraries offer, libraries’ status as storehouses for physical books — and thus for experiences and knowledge — and the way that these objects circulate and are re-used. Participating artists include Clayton Cubitt, Jonathan Gitelson, Susan Hefuna, Meg Hitchcock, Dan Peterman, and Jena Priebe.
The exhibition coincides with a year-long initiative at Williams College (including the Williams College Museum of Art and Clark Art Institute) dedicated to books, libraries, and information. It focuses on exploring the diverse ways in which people preserve and convey ideas, creative works, data, and other forms of information. The project features a wide array of public presentations, performances, courses, and exhibitions (including at the Williams College Museum of Art and Clark Art Institute) that imagine the theme from many perspectives.
This exhibition is made possible by the Sterling and Francine Clark Art Institute in support of MASS MoCA and the Williams College Graduate Program in the History of Art.
Bibliothecaphilia is curated by Allie Foradas.
Date:Tuesday, September 29, 2015 – 09:00 to Friday, January 1, 2016 – 17:00
MASS MoCA1040 MASS MoCA Way
01247 North Adams, MAUnited States