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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf$
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Ann Martin and Kathryn Holland

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780989082624

Published to Liverpool Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.5949/liverpool/9780989082624.001.0001

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“The most unaccountable of machinery”

“The most unaccountable of machinery”

The Orlando Project produces a textbase of one’s own

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Interdisciplinary/Multidisciplinary Woolf

Susan Brown

Patricia Clements

Isobel Grundy

Liverpool University Press

This chapter considers how digital technologies have opened up new methods for the creation, dissemination, and critical reception of literary and cultural histories. It provides an overview of the collaboratively created digital textbase Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present and how such technologies enable investigations by a wide range of users, where unscripted links between subjects (authors, texts, movements) can emerge from the collaborative and interactive nature of the textbase itself. The textbase is deeply rooted in Virginia Woolf's work and highlights her impact on the recognition and understanding of women's writing in history. The chapter also discusses the interdisciplinary exploration that is at the core of Orlando, focusing on the project's beginnings and early contexts and what it can do to support discovery. It also reflects on the textbase's future prospects with regard to literary and computing studies.

Keywords:   digital technologies, literary history, cultural history, digital textbase, British Isles, women's writing

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