I am extremely pleased and honored to be included as a scholar amongst such impressive colleagues. I love; absolutely love, interdisciplinary endeavors and I look forward to working with as many of you as I can.
I would also like to display my extreme gratitude for my mentor, Dr. Jessica DeSpain, and to the department of English, Language, and Literature at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville.
My interest run the gamut, but if I had to choose my top three it would have to be gender studies, nineteenth-century literature, and the performing arts (noting that digital humanities is a given). I was introduced to the wonder of digital humanities last Fall and became thoroughly intrigued with the industry. So, I became involved with Dr. DeSpain and her digital work with Susan Warner’s The Wide, Wide World. I figured, what better way to combine the things I enjoy with my newfound interest.
The project is a digital archive of illustrations, covers, and textual variants of the various publications and reprints of Warner’s work. It is a website that will make disparate editions available to readers in one central location. And, because Warner’s novel is a representative example of a text that was steadily reprinted in both Britain and America beginning in the nineteenth century, the archive provides a compelling narrative of marketing, publishing and reading history from 1850 to 1950 and serves as a valuable teaching resource for both book history and literature courses.
We are still in the early stages of the project, but it will eventually culminate in images from over 100 editions of Warner’s novel. We are currently working on field notes for approximately 60 editions that have graciously been loaned to us by Constitution Island Association, and we will be beginning digital scanning of the works soon. I am responsible for documenting all of the American publishing companies that specializes in reprinting.
In addition to this project, I am also working on my thesis. I argue the discrimination of women in contemporary America can be contributed to nineteenth-century literature whose social sensibilities repressed the female form, literally and figuratively, by reflecting and perpetuating social sensibilities. As such, I intend display how the transference of patriarchal nineteenth-century sensibilities and judgments into literature established false idealized female ideals Separate sections will examine the perpetuation of this idealized image as it pertains to privileged White women and enslaved Black women by examining the physical and psychological descriptions of the female body put forth by various writers of the nineteenth-century whether pro-abolition, indifference, or anti-abolition.
Again, I look forward to working with you and, of course, reading about your projects and your opinions.