The Shakespeare Conference: SHK 24.0435  Thursday, 5 September 2013


From:        Hardy Cook <This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.>

Date:         September 5, 2013 10:06:42 AM EDT

Subject:     GW Digital Humanities Institute Inaugural Lecture


GW Digital Humanities Institute Inaugural Lecture


Michael Witmore


Addressing the Text: Reflections on Shakespeare, Digital Access, and Libraries


Time and Location: 3 pm on Friday September 6 in Post Hall on the George Washington University, Mount Vernon Campus. Followed by a reception. 


The talk will explore the ways in which large scale digitization projects have created new access problems while solving old ones; it will also show some underlying similarities between the physical codex and the digital surrogates that we are now creating for printed books: both are “massively addressable objects,” simply at a different scale. The plays of Shakespeare are only one place where this convergence can be explored; they will serve as a point of departure in this talk.


Dr. Michael Witmore is Director of the Folger Shakespeare Library and author, most recently, of Shakespearean Metaphysics and Landscapes of the Passing Strange: Reflections from Shakespeare (with Rosamond Purcell). 


He is part of the Mellon funded digital research initiative Visualizing English Print, 1470-1800 and maintains a blog on digital approaches to literary studies at Wine Dark Sea.


[Editor’s Note: I am planning to attend. –Hardy]


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