English Language and Literature

project: The Correspondence of William Henry Fox Talbot

The project has transcribed and published the more than 10,000 letters to and from William Henry Fox Talbot (1800-1877), best known as the inventor of photography but also an MP, a landowner, an inventor, a scientist, a mathematician and a pioneering scholar of Assyrian cuneiform. The major group of letters was published in 2003. AHRB funding then ended and the University of Glasgow was unable to commit further resources to the project. In 2004, the project website was migrated to DeMontfort University, Leicester. A grant from the British Academy created a remote editing facility. Prof. [read more]

project: History of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama

The History of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama research project (1999-2004) operated under the aegis of the Archive of Performances of Greek and Roman Drama at Oxford. It has in many ways pioneered the developing discipline of Performance Reception. It has done this by documenting as comprehensively as possible all performances worldwide of Greek and Roman drama and their adaptations between the Renaissance and the present, while hand-in-hand with that also exploring ways of interpreting those findings and that material. [read more]

project: Designing Shakespeare: an audio-visual archive 1960-2000

Research Questions and Problems Can a comprehensive audio-visual archive of performance information encourage further research into performance in English Departments and support teaching in Drama and Theatre Studies Departments? Can oral history interviews with designers add significantly to the study of performance? Can access to a large database of digital images based around a design theme encourage greater emphasis on the visual elements of performance for scholars and students of Shakespeare? What can we conclude about the development of theatre design, theatre spaces and thea [read more]

project: Grammatical change in recent English (1961-1991) : a corpus-based investigation

The project's main goal was to investigate recent changes in English grammar during the period 1961-1991. Its secondary goal was to develop a new methodology for tracking changes in the language, using comparable or 'matching' corpora of text samples, and employing tagging software and grammar-sensitive search tools. A third goal was the provision of the part-of-speech tagged matching corpora for general distribution to the research community. [read more]

project: The Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels

The aim of the Edinburgh Edition of the Waverley Novels is to publish the first critical edition of Walter Scott's fiction. When compared with the manuscript there are usually in excess of 50,000 variants in the first edition of a Scott novel. Most of these are probably in accordance with what Scott wanted and expected, but the manuscripts were misread and misunderstood, and were subject to light bowdlerisation. Scott himself did not read proofs against his manuscript, and thus did not recognise mistakes when they made sense. [read more]
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