The Indiana University Digital Library Program and Indiana University Libraries are proud to announce the launch of the newly redesigned Victorian Women Writers Project: <http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/vwwp>.
The Victorian Women Writers Project (VWWP) was begun in 1995 at Indiana University under the determined leadership and editorship of Perry Willett. The VWWP was celebrated early on for exposing lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century, writers whose popularity did not make the transition into the 20th century or inclusion in a literary canon. Originally the VWWP focused on poetry, but soon Willett acknowledged the variety of genres in which women of that period were writing – novels, children’s books, political pamphlets, religious tracts and so on. Thus the collection was expanded to include genres beyond poetry and so the VWWP grew until about the turn of the twenty-first century, ultimately including approximately two hundred texts as part of the corpus.
Quiet since 2003, the VWWP is pleased to be back with an expanded purview that includes women writing in the nineteenth century in English beyond Britain. As before, the project will devote time and attention to the accuracy and completeness of the texts, as well as to their bibliographical descriptions. New texts, encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 Guidelines, will adopt principles of scholarly encoding, facilitating more sophisticated retrieval and analysis.
To learn more about the technical details surrounding the new web site, please visit the project information page (http://webapp1.dlib.indiana.edu/vwwp/projectinfo.do), where specifics about text encoding and technical implementation are provided. Or skip the boring stuff and explore the new web site: <http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/vwwp>.
| Michelle Dalmau, Digital Projects & Usability Librarian
| Indiana University Digital Library Program
| Herman B Wells Library
| 1320 East 10th Street, W501
| Bloomington, Indiana 47405
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