Friday, August 03, 2007

History of Text Technologies (HOTT)
A new interdisciplinary PhD program at Florida State University brings in five new senior scholars

Professor François Dupuigrenet Desroussilles (Interdisciplinary Humanities) was for two decades rare book curator in the Bibliothèque nationale, one of the world’s finest collections of manuscripts and early printed books, where he organized such exhibitions as “God’s Kingdom. The Bible in France from Saint Louis to the Revolution.” A specialist in the literary and visual cultures of France and Italy he taught for many years the history of the book and the history of comunication in the universities of Geneva, Lugano and Lyon while directing the French national school for chief librarians.

Professor Elaine Treharne (English) works on English manuscripts of the early medieval period, their contexts of production, their physical compilation and their cultural significance. She is the Principal Investigator of a five-year project, funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council, "The Production and Use of English Manuscripts, 1060 to 1220". She is Chair of the Teachers of Old English in Britain and Ireland, Convenor of the English Association's Research Group "The History of Books and Texts", and an Editor of Review of English Studies, Speculum and Literature Compass.

Associate Professor A. E. B. Coldiron (English) specializes in late-medieval and Renaissance literature. Her research focuses on French-English literary relations, translation, poetics, and early printing, with special attention to cross-cultural aspects of textual transmission. She has held, among other awards, Folger research grants, a Kluge Fellowship in the Library of Congress, and an NEH fellowship.

Associate Professor David L. Gants (English), formerly Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing at the University of New Brunswick, publishes on bibliographical, textual, and technological matters, and is the Electronic Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. He is also director of the Early English Booktrade Database project, which seeks to describe, quantify, and classify every book in the STC period.

Associate Professor Elizabeth Spiller (English) is the author of "Science, Reading, and Renaissance Literature" (Cambridge, 2004), a study of the historic emergence of literature and science that focuses on the role of reading in the creation of knowledge. She has just completed an NEH Fellowship to pursue work on her current book, "Reading in Color: Race, Romance, and the Complexion of Early Modern Print Culture," a project that examines how reading practices contributed to the creation of racial identities in early modern culture. She is also the editor of a two volume collection of seventeenth century English recipe books (Ashgate, forthcoming).

Students interested in HOTT should contact Professor Treharne at This year, students will need to apply to a traditional department (English, Interdisciplinary Humanities, etc), for studies beginning in fall 2008; for subsequent years it may be possible to apply directly to HOTT.