The CTSDH has in recent years hosted the Chicago Colloquium's Digital Humanities and Computer Science conference (2011, 2018) and the International Society for Textual Studies conference (2013). Every year it helps to organize and co-sponsors, with the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies, two day conferences on a range of topics in textual studies and digital humanities. The CTSDH also sponsors or co-sponsor regular lectures and presentations by distinguished scholars working in the areas of textual studies or digital humanities.

Join us at the 2022 Society for Textual Scholarship (STS) Conference with the theme: Cultural Mapping hosted at Loyola University Chicago, May 26-28. 

The 2022 STS conference—the first in-person conference since 2019—will take place May 26-28, 2022 at Loyola University Chicago, with the conference theme “Cultural Mappings.” Following, and we hope furthering, the work of “reckonings” begun in the 2021 meeting — the critical analysis of the past, reflection on the present, and speculation about the future of textual scholarship as we transit through a period of multi-dimensional, global upheaval — we seek to explore the multivalent ways mapping as a mode of inquiry and a methodological tool in the field of textual scholarship makes visible the meanings of cultural heritage and contributes to our affective experience of emplacement. The work of cultural mapping is capacious and allied with deep mapping, community mapping, ecological mapping, counter-mapping, qualitative GIS, and emotional mapping. What does it mean to dwell? How are texts and other works also cartographs that give us access to the sedimented strata of our experiences in a lifeworld flourishing with multiple voices, present contingencies, contested pasts, and imagined futures?   

Advance registration is open through May 6. Please go to this page to begin the registration process. You can access general conference information here. A copy of the program is available here

Editions and Manuscripts of Middle English Poetry

October 12, 2019, 9:30-5:00, Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus , Information Commons 4th Floor

This day conference features five lectures on late medieval English poems and the manuscripts and editions that transmit them. Papers will explore the editorial work of medieval scribes, the responsibilities of modern editors, and the contributions of multimedia digital technologies (text, image, and voice) to editorial endeavors today. Speakers will share lessons and questions that emerge from their experience editing the works and studying the manuscripts of Geoffrey Chaucer, William Langland, and other poets of fourteenth-century England. The day concludes in a workshop on designs for a new hybrid online and print edition of Langland’s Piers Plowman for classroom use and launch of David Lawton’s new Norton Chaucer. 


Modernism and Its Texts

Thursday, September 28 4:00 pm - 5:30 pm and Friday, September 29 8:30 am - 5:00 pm

Information Commons building, 4th floor

Lead contact Randy Newman (

Free to attend.

The Arts of Adaptation: One-Day Conference

Saturday, March 18, 2017, 8.30am – 5pm, and reception

Information Commons building, 4th floor

Conveners: Verna A. Foster, Professor of English, and Paul Eggert, Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies

For further information contact Randy Newman at

Free registration. Confirmation of attendance unnecessary.

Adaptation is almost coterminous with literature, indeed with all of human creativity. Almost every work of art can be seen as adapted from something else: from another work of art in the same or a different genre or medium, from mythology, history, biography, current events, scientific research, nature. The list of possible and potential sources is as endless as the ways of adapting and the forms of adaptation. Cave painters adapted scenes from hunts, the Greeks adapted myths, Shakespeare adapted stories and historical chronicles, and innumerable authors have adapted the Greeks and Shakespeare. In the mid-twentieth century when scholars embarked on the academic study of adaptation, they began with dramatization: that is, with the remediation of literary works into the contemporary dramatic medium of film. Today, adaptation studies cover intra- and intergeneric as well as intermedial adaptations in film, fiction, drama, poetry, and digital media.


Verna Foster, ‘Why Adapt? The Cultural Work of Dramatic Adaptation’

After surveying some of the cruxes in adaptation theory, including the relationship between text and performance in dramatic adaptation, this paper focuses on the cultural work performed by intrageneric dramatic adaptations with special reference to Mabou Mines Dollhouse, contemporary Medea plays, and Branden Jacobs-Jenkins’s An Octoroon.

Verna A. Foster is Professor of English at Loyola University Chicago. Her publications include The Name and Nature of Tragicomedy (2004), the edited collection Dramatic Revisions of Myths, Fairy Tales and Legends: Essays on Recent Plays (2012), and numerous articles including ‘Meta-melodrama: Branden Jacobs-Jenkins Appropriates Dion Boucicault’s The Octoroon’ in Modern Drama (Fall 2016).


Paul Eggert, ‘Textual Criticism and the Curious Art of Adaptation: The Ned Kelly Story’

Replication and revision is a definition of Adaptation study. Textual criticism is the study of versions. Must these related pursuits continue to proceed in ignorance of one another? The paper addresses this question squarely, based on a case study of the versions and adaptations of the Ned Kelly outlaw-bushranger story-type.

Paul Eggert is an editorial theorist, scholarly editor and book historian. He serves as the Martin J. Svaglic Endowed Chair in Textual Studies, Loyola University Chicago. His principal arguments are brought together in Securing the Past (2009) and Biography of a Book (2013).


Thomas Leitch, ‘Screening (Out) the American Short Story’

Although Hollywood has looked since its earliest days to novels and plays for properties that could be profitably adapted to the cinema, it has rarely drawn its source material from the American short story, despite the genre’s prominent status in American literature. This presentation investigates the reasons why.

Thomas Leitch, Professor of English at the University of Delaware, is the author, most recently, of Wikipedia U: Knowledge, Authority, and Liberal Education in the Digital Age and editor of The Oxford Handbook of Adaptation Studies. He is currently working on The History of American Literature on Film.


Siobhan O’Flynn, ‘Media Fluid and Media Fluent: Adaptation as Experience Design’

In the digital world, multi- and trans-media elements, situations, and contexts deliberately invite audience participation in experiences allowing entry into the ‘storyworld,’ to co-create and extend content. Originating in the field of Human Computer Interaction, and now central to game design, marketing, and top-tier branded transmedia productions, experience design recognizes its media-fluent audience (i.e. people) as a medium.

Siobhan O’Flynn, a digital humanist, has extensive experience working in and consulting on interactive storytelling, digital media, and experience design. She is currently working on a monograph for Routledge, to be called Mapping Digital Narrativity: Design, Practice, Theory, which examines the impact of digital media on storytelling by recontextualizing Aristotle’s theory of tragedy and catharsis as a form of experience design.



Instant History Conference Poster

September 24, 2016, Information Commons, 4th floor

Conveners: Steve Jones, University of South Florida and Paul Eggert, English Department

Sponsors: the Hank Center, the CTSDH, and the Svaglic Chair for Textual Studies

In 1949, Jesuit scholar, Father Roberto Busa began to collaborate with IBM to build a massive lemmatized concordance to the works of St. Thomas Aquinas. By the mid 1950s he had established in Milan the first humanities computing center, which both IBM and Father Busa referred to as a Center for Literary Data Processing. This turn toward thinking of texts as data--or as potential sources of data--to be processed using computers and algorithmic, quantitative methods, has its legacy in many of today's digital humanities and electronic textuality, from the creation of electronic editions to so-called distant reading and quantitative analyses and visualizations of very large corpora of texts. 

This conference represents several aspects of this legacy of Father Busa’s mid-century humanities computing, including the history of natural language processing and digital text processing, systems of textual markup and the creation of digital scholarly editions, topic modeling and large-corpora analysis. The CTSDH is honored to welcome such esteemed speakers as Steven Jones, Geoffrey Rockwell, Laura Mandell and Ted Underwood to this conference. Presentations will be followed by a roundtable and general discussion.


9:00 – 10:30 a.m.

Geoffrey Rockwell

University of Alberta, Canada

“Replicating Father Busa’s Methods”

10:45 – 12: 30 a.m.

Steven Jones

University of South Florida

“Reverse-Engineering the First Humanities Computing Center:

A Media-Archaeology Approach”

1:45 – 3:15 p.m.

Ted Underwood

University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign

“Genealogies of Distance”

3:30 – 5:00 p.m.

Laura Mandell

Texas A & M

“What Can You Do with ‘Dirty OCR’?:

Digital Literary History beyond the Canon”

March 29, 2014

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus

Cuneo 2


Sponsored by

The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

and The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies

 Textual Conditions: Lawrence, Conrad and Woolf - Peter Shillingsburg, Alexander Fachard, Joyce Wexler, Paul Eggert, March 29, 2014


9:30 am Registration and Reception

10 am "Long Distance Revision: Who is Responsible for Textual Changes?" On cross-border publishing contexts and To the Lighthouse Peter Shillingsburg, woodsman, introduced by Sarah Eilefson

11 am "Conrad and His Typists." Showing how typing practices and technology help editors deal with textual problems. Alexandre Fachard University of Lausanne and University of Geneva, introduced by Missy Coleman

12 noon Lunch

1 pm "Conrad's 'The Rescue' in Its Time and Ours." How the textual history of Conrad's "The Rescue" supports varying interpretations of the novel. Joyce Wexler of Loyola University Chicago, introduced by Jenny Frey

2 pm "Editing Versions or Editing Works: Which Should it Be for D. H. Lawrence and Joseph Conrad?" On privileging one version of a work over another when more than one have been authorized. Paul Eggert, University of New South Wales, introduced by Nick Hayward

3 pm Coffee Break

3:20 pm Roundtable discussion: Pamela Caughie, Sarah Eilefson, Andrew Welch, Amanda (Missy) Coleman, Matt Clarke, Jason Kolkey

5 - 7:30 pm Reception at Uncommon Grounds coffeehouse (directions given on the day)

October 12, 2013

Loyola University Lake Shore Campus

Cuneo 2


Sponsored by

The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

and The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies



9:30 am  Registration and Reception

10 am  "Searching for Topsy"

On a disconnect between the ways we edit American literature and the critical and readerly interest in the texts

Amanda Gailey, University of Nebraska

introduced by Lowell Wyse

11 am  "'And swept the - tenement(s) - away': The Unhousing of Emily Dickinson's Writings in the 21st Century"

On the combinatory possibilities of manuscript study, textual and editorial theory, and old-fashioned hermeneutical labor

Marta Werner, D'Youville College

introduced by Nate Jung

12 noon  Lunch

1 pm   "Robert Bell as Editor: Variants, Small Data, and Early American Literary Publishing"  

On ways do editorial practice, book history, and the digital humanities converge and diverge

Matthew Brown University of Iowa

introduced by Missy Coleman

2 pm  "Following Bobalition: Toward a Carnivalesque History of Print and Power in the Early American Republic"

Corey Capers University of Illinois at Chicago

introduced by Andrew Welch

3 pm Coffee Break

3:20 pm Roundtable discussion:

Jeff Glover,  Lowell Wyse, Andrew Welch, Nathan Jung, Amanda (Missy) Coleman, Matt Clarke

5 to 7:30 pm Reception

(Directions given on the day.)

April 20, 2013

Loyola University Chicago

Lake Shore Campus

The Fate of the Page in Digital Environments - Patricia Fumerton (UC Santa Barbara), Laura Estill (U Victoria, BC), Morris Eaves (U Rochester), James Knapp (Loyola Chicago), April 20, 2013


Saturday, April 20, 2013

free and open to the public (but email to register.

Cuneo Hall Rm 2

Bld 18 on map at

Sponsored by

The Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

The Edward Surtz, S.J. Professor of English

The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies


9:30 am Registration and Reception

10:00 am “The Really Hard Page in an X-editing Environment" Morris Eaves, University of Rochester: introduced by Andrew Welch

11:00 am "The Ineluctable Modality of the Visual Page in the History of the Book" James Knapp, Loyola University Chicago: introduced by Devon Wallace

12:00 noon Lunch

1:00 pm “Remediating Early Modern Literary Manuscripts” Laura Estill, University of Victoria, BC introduced by Jenny Frey

2:00 pm “The Digital Recovery of Moving Media: EBBA and the Early English Broadside Ballad.” Patricia Fumerton University of California Santa Barbara: introduced by Lara Wagner

3:00 pm Coffee Break

3:20 pm Roundtable discussion:

Jeffrey Glover, Devon Wallace, Jenny Frey, Lara Wagner, and Andrew Welch

5:00 to 7:30 pm Reception at the home of Peter Shillingsburg

(Directions given on the day.)

March 6-8, 2013

"The Objects of Textual Scholarship"

17th Biennial International Interdisciplinary Conference


March 6-8, 2013


Loyola University Chicago, Water Tower Campus


Hosted by Loyola's Center for Textual Studies and Digital Humanities

Co-sponsored by the Department of English, The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies, and the John Cardinal Cody Chair of Theology, Loyola University Chicago

With the support of the Newberry Library, Chicago

On Twitter: #sts13

Campus map:

President: Peter Shillingsburg (Loyola University Chicago)


Executive Director: John K. Young (Marshall University)


Program Co-chairs: Peter Shillingsburg and Steven Jones (Loyola University Chicago)



4:00-6:00 Registration [Kasbeer Hall, Corboy Law Center (CLC), 25 East Pearson]

4:30-5:45 [pre-enrolled] Seminar organized by Matthew Vechinski:

“The Text as Designed Object” [CLC 305]

4:30-5:45 Roundtable: “Extra-Legal Bibliography” (Bodó Balázs, Alex Gil, Nick Morris, Karla Nielsen, Matt Schneider) [CLC 601; chair, Alex Gil]

6:00-7:30 PRESIDENTS’ RECEPTION [Baumhart Hall, 26 E. Pearson]

7:45 STS Board meeting 1 [TBA]



8:00 STS Board meeting 2 [CLC 305]

8:30 Coffee, registration

9:00-10:30 KEYNOTES 1 and 2 [CLC 211; chair, Peter Shillingsburg]

Dirk Van Hulle (University of Antwerp): “The Stuff of Fiction: Digital Editing, Multiple Drafts and the Extended Mind”

Paulius Subacius (Vilnius University) “On Importance of the One Character: Some Afterthoughts”

10:45-12:00 sessions

1. Roundtable: “Medieval Lyric, Material Philology” (Daniel O’Sullivan, Wayne Storey, Christopher Callahan, John Haines, Michelangelo Zaccarello) [CLC 305; chair, Daniel O’Sullivan]

2. Jeffrey Gutierrez, “A Note on DVD Editions;” Doug Reside, “A Tool for New ‘Edits’ of the NYPL Performing Arts Collection;” Gabrielle Dean, “Hey Kids, Let’s Put On a Show: Student-Curated Exhibitions” [CLC 211; chair, Jason Kolkey]

3. Federico Meschini, “Why We Will Always Be Talking About Electronic Editions;” Giles Bergel, “The Wandering Jew's Chronicle: The Materiality of Tradition in the Digital Archive;” Whitney Trettien, “From Mark Up to Cut Up: Materializing the Digital Edition” [CLC 601; chair, Sarah Eilefson]

12:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:15 sessions

4. Dominique Zino, “Emily Dickinson’s Virtual Reality: Remediation and the Work of the Index;” Melissa White, “Amateur Editing as a Key to Historical Literary Value;” Marta Werner, “‘Through Telegraphic Signs --’: Emily Dickinson’s Late Envelope Poems” [CLC 211; chair, Marta Werner]

5. Rebecca Fall, “Editorial Touches: Text-use and Tactile Relations Between Renaissance Readers and Writers;” Seth Swanner, “A Poetics of Disfigurement: The Quasi-Shapes of Herbert’s Temple;” Simon Nyl, “Dressing Up The Schoolmaster: The Texts’ Queer Bodies in Eighteenth-Century Editing” [CLC 305; chair, Mark Owen]

6. Elizabeth Rodriguez, “The Absent Presence of Evidence in Early Modern English Rape Depositions;” Jillian Linster, “When ‘Nothing’ Goes Missing: The Impotent Censorship of Helkiah Crooke’s Mikrokosmographia;” Grant Leyton Simpson, “The Philips Screwdriver: Tools, Patents, and the Sociology of Texts” [CLC 601: chair, Andrew Welch ]

2:30-3:45 sessions

7. Rebecca Weir and Elizabeth Lorang, “‘From the Great Crisis’: The Poetry of The Anglo-African and National Anti-Slavery Standard;” James West, “Anti-Semitism, et al., in Fitzgerald's 'Two Wrongs’;” George Bornstein, “Book History and Minority Authors” [CLC 211; chair, Suzanne Gossett]

8. Jacob Halford, “Lost in Translation: How Digitization is Altering Textual Scholarship;” Per Röcken, “Philological Platonism: Clarification and Defense;” Annika Rockenberger, “Editing a Discourse, Not a Text” [CLC 305; chair, John McCarthy]

9. Mandy Gagel, “Epistolary Spaces of the Letter: Vernon Lee and Versions;” Sophie Geoffrey, “Vernon Lee and the French Painters André and Berthe Noufflard, 1925-35;” Christa Zorn, “The Correspondence of Vernon Lee and Irene Forbes-Mosse, World War I Letters” [CLC 601; chair, Peter Robinson]

4:00-5:15 sessions

10. Martin Mueller, “Corpus-wide Editing in a Digital Age;” Peter Robinson, “Why We Need a Theory of Digital Editions and What It Might Look Like;” Amanda Gailey, “Reconsidering Collected Editions in Digital Editing” [CLC 211; chair, James West]

11. Magdelyn Helwig, “Verbal-Visual Collaboration in Context: Editing the Four-Decades Long Correspondence of Ted Hughes and Leonard Baskin;” Nicole Gray, "Spiritualism, Printers in Trance, and the Posthumous Authorship of John Quincy Adams;” Ken Price, “Walt Whitman's Bureaucratic (and Democratic) Vistas" [CLC 305; chair, John Bryant]

12. Mark Byron, “Modernist Texts and Challenges to Conventions of Scholarly Editing;” Colby Reid, “Joyce’s Fancy Book;” James P. Sullivan, “What Can Textual Variants Offer the Field of Translation Studies: Rendering the Voices of Ulysses’ ‘Pub Crawl’” [CLC 601; chair, Paul Eggert]

5:30-6:00 RECEPTION AT THE NEWBERRY LIBRARY [60 West Walton Street]

6:00-7:15 KEYNOTE 3 [Newberry Library; chair, Steven Jones]

Paul Gehl (The Newberry Library): “Collecting Type on the Page: Early Twentieth-Century Librarians in the Service of Bibliography, Text Criticism, and the History of Design”


FRIDAY, March 8

8:30 Coffee

9:00-10:15 sessions

13. Karen Schiff, “The Sky is Never Empty: Spatial Activation in Gothic Illuminations and in Today’s Imagination;” Michelle Strizever, “The Unstable Book: Textual Scholarship and the Artist’s Book;” Jason Kolkey, “The Digital and Decompressed: A Textual Studies Approach to 21st-Century Comic Books” [CLC 305; chair, Amanda Coleman]

14. W. Scott Lancaster, “The Emerging Figure of the Author in the Paratext of the Works of Early Modern Publisher William Ferbrand;” Frank Mariner, “Editing Charles Varlet de La Grange’s Family Record Book;” Adam Hooks, “Ransacking Shakespeare’s Texts” [CLC 601; chair, Cameron Phillips]

15. Matthew Clarke, “'The luxury of woe': Goldsmith's 'The Deserted Village' and the Luxury Quarto;” Elspeth Healey, “The Ancestral and Filial New: New Directions, Belatedness, and Publishing a Genealogy of the Moderns;” Paul Armstrong, “How Historical is Reading? What Book History Can Learn from Neuroscience" [CLC 211; chair, Nathan Jung]

10:30-11:45 KEYNOTE 4 [CLC 211; chair, Peter Shillingsburg]

Isaac Gewirtz (The Berg Collection, The New York Public Library):

“The Archive as Literature: Reading the Work, Reading the Life”

12:00 LUNCH

1:00-2:15 sessions

16. Zach Whalen, “Videogame Typography and its Antecedents;” Rachael Sullivan, “The Liminal Textuality of Comments in Code;” Mary-Louise Craven, “How Early 20th-Century Postcards Can Be Studied” [CLC 601; chair, Doug Reside]

17. John Young, “How to Revise a True War Story: Tim O’Brien’s Unending Narratives;” Sarah Eilefson, “Translation, Censorship and Combat Gnosticism: The Implications of Textual Scholarship on Interpretation and Pedagogy of All Quiet on the Western Front;” Gabrielė Gailiūtė, “(Un)Perceivable Contexts: The Reception Gap of a Soviet Novel in the North American Market” [CLC 211; chair, Gabrielle Dean]

18. Jennifer M. Bryant, “Still Points and Turning Worlds: Memory, Materiality, and the Textual Scholar;” Chelsea Jennings, “Packaging Modernist Poetry: Promotional Dust Jackets, 1910-1940;” Arend Oak Speser, "The Everywhere of North Dakota: Tom McGrath and a new Poetics of the Archive" [CLC 305; chair, Matthew Clarke]

2:30-3:45 sessions

19. David Greetham, “‘Good Enough’ Editing and Object Relations in Textual Scholarship;” Ronald Broude, “Reproductions Revisited: Ruminations of a Reflective Reprinter;” Randall McLeod, “The Birth of Italics” [CLC 211; chair, John Young]

20. Pamela Caughie, Anthony Betori, Niamh McGuigan, Jonathan Reinhardt, “Recreating Lili Elbe: The Search for the First Transsexual;” Jan Gielkens, “Editor Predator. Why a Scholarly Editor Would Destroy More than 6000 Letters;” Fredrik Tydal, “Troubling Tales from the Home Front: Modern American Short Stories in the Armed Services Editions” [CLC 305; chair, Mark Byron]

21. Roger Osborne, “An Ontology-based Electronic Edition of Joseph Furphy’s Such is Life;” Melissa Dinvero, “Resisting Burial: Lorca, Textuality and Memory in Democratic Spain;” Russell McDonald, “Seeking Home Through Textual Revision: The Case of Rushdie’s East, West” [CLC 601; chair, Sarah Polen]

4:00-5:30 sessions

22. Barbara Bordalejo, “Computer Assisted Textual Analysis and the Re-Thinking of the Scholarly Edition;” John Bryant, “Versions of Revision: Billy Budd, TextLab, and the Editing of a Fluid Text;” Nicholas Hayward, “From Lighthouse to Framework: Visualizing Digital Scholarly Editions with Pathways and Histories;” Peter Shillingsburg, “Woolf Online in Mojulem” [CLC 211; chair, Roger Osborne]

23. John McCarthy, “Script to Scripture: Intentions at the Edges of Reading;” Colby Dickinson, “Transforming Scripture Into a Fetish-Object: Late Modern Reflections on Cultural and Religious Canonical Texts;” Edmondo Lupieri, “To Bible or Not To Bible: How on Earth Does a Text Become Scripture?” [CLC 601; chair, Dirk van Hulle]

24. John Charles Caruso, “‘The Head Fell Off’: Textual Historical Clues to Reading Edgar A. Poe’s ‘Murders in the Rue Morgue’;” Ileana Marin, “Holes and Fillers in the Manuscript of Charlotte Bronte’s Villette” [CLC 305; chair, Julia Bninski]

6:30 BANQUET (bar opens at 6:00) [Regents' Hall, Lewis Towers, 820 N. Michigan]

PRESIDENTIAL ADDRESS: Paul Eggert: "The Hand of the Present"

February 13, 2013

Kathleen Fitzpatrick, Director of Scholarly Communication at the Modern Language Association, and author of Planned Obsolescence: Publishing, Technology, and the Future of the Academy: "From Scholarly Publishing to Scholarly Communication: Work and the Network." Information Commons, 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus.

November 8, 2012

Stephen Ramsay,

Associate Professor of English and Fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska, author of Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism (2011).

3:00 PM, Information Commons 4th Floor, Lake Shore Campus.


Stanley & Me: Text Analysis and Literary Criticism - Stephen Ramsay, November 8, 2012

October 27, 2012

Information Commons 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus

Sponsored by the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies and the CTSDH

Free and open to the public, but email by Oct. 22 -- to register.

Textual Studies and Literary Theory - Paul Armstrong (Brown University):How Historical is Reading - Books and Neuroscience; Steven Mailloux (Loyola Marymount): Intention, Convention and Rhetorical Agency; Paul Jay (Loyola Chicago): Accidental Editor - How I Wrote the selected Correspondence of Kenneth Burke, Malcolm Cowley and Why; David Greenham (CUNY): The Well tempered text, October 27, 2012


9:30 coffee

10:00 Paul Armstrong, Brown University: "How Historical Is Reading? What Book History Can Learn from Neuroscience."

11:00 Steven Mailloux, Loyola University Marymount: "The Author Still Hasn't Left the Building: Intention, Conventions, and Rhetorical Agency."

12:00 lunch

1:00 Paul Jay, Loyola University Chicago: "Accidental Editor: How I Wrote the Burke Cowley Letters, and Why."

2:00 David Greetham, Graduate Center, CUNY: "The Well-Tempered Text?"

3:15 Panel discussion

Later: Party

April 11, 2012

Ted Underwood, Department of English

University of Illinois, Champaign-Urbana:

Crown Center 530, Lake Shore Campus.

February 25, 2012

Information Commons 4th floor, Lake Shore Campus

Sponsored by the Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies and the CTSDH

Free and open to the public, but mail Peter Shillingsburg -- to register.

Poster of the 2012 18th Century Texts and Books Day Conference


9:30 am Registration and Reception

10 am “Boswell’s Perplex Writing: The Stag Unable to Trace His Own Doublings”

Thomas F. Bonnell, St. Mary’s College

11 am “The Hybrid Scholarly Edition: Possibilities and Problems”

Stephen Karian, University of Missouri

12 noon Lunch

1 pm “Books as Collections: Accumulation and Possession in British Eighteenth-Century Literature”

Barbara Benedict, Trinity College

2 pm “Editing Collaborations: Poems from the Vicinity of Swift”

James Woolley, Lafayette College

3 pm Coffee Break

3:20 pm Roundtable discussion:

Christopher Kendrick, Jack Cragwall, Tom Kaminski, Lorraine Eadie, Jason Kolkey, and Andrew Welch

5 to 7:30 pm Reception (Directions and car pool arrangements to be made on the day).

October 29, 2011

Cudahy Library, Rm 318, Lake Shore Campus

Sponsored by The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies and the CTSDH

Free and open to the public, but email Peter Shillingsburg -- -- to register.


9:30 Registration and Reception

10:00 “When Archives Collide: The Case of Early Mexican American Literature and the Chicana/o Movement”, Jose Aranda, Rice University

11:00 “African American Text Recovery: The Cases of William Wells Brown and Phillis Wheatley”, Christopher Mulvey, Winchester University, UK

12:00 Lunch

1:00 “Rethinking the Subaltern Archive in the Digital Age: Chicana por mi Raza: Mapping Chicana Feminisms (1960-1990)”, Maria Cotera, University of Michigan

2:00 “Gloria Anzaldúa and the Messy Feminist Archive”, Suzanne Bost, Loyola University Chicago

3:00 Coffee Break

3:20 Roundtable discussion: Badia Ahad, Victoria Bolf, Allison Fagan, Steve Jones

5:00 to 7:30 Reception at the home of Suzanne Bost (Directions and car pool arrangements to be made on the day.)

April 16, 2011

Crown Center, Rm 530, Lake Shore Campus

Sponsored by The Martin J. Svaglic Chair in Textual Studies

Free and open to the public, but email Peter Shillingsburg -- -- to register.


9:30 Registration and Reception

10:00 "Reading in and Out of Vanity Fair; or, How to Acquire an Uncomfortable Talent", Judith Fisher, Professor of English, Trinity University, San Antonio

11:00 "What is the Moral Center of Vanity Fair?", Peter Shillingsburg, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago

12:00 Lunch

1:00 "The Writing on the (Dungeon) Wall: Reading Wuthering Heights by the Light of Brontë's Poems", Micael Clarke, Assoc. Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago

2:00 "The Moral of Wuthering Heights", Marianne Thormählen, Professor of English Studies, Lund University, Sweden

3:00 Coffee Break

3:20 Roundtable discussion: Narrative, Ethics, Aesthetics, and the Novelist’s Responsibility Mark Bosco, Joyce Wexler, Steve Jones, Michael O’Connell, Julia Bninski, Jason Kolkey, and Kari Kronsbei

5:00 to 7:30 Reception at the home of Micael Clarke (Directions and car pool arrangements to be made on the day.)

October 30, 2010

Klarchek Room, 4th Floor, Information Commons, Lake Shore Campus,

Free and open to the public, reservations


9:30 Reception and coffee, late registration (free)

10:00 Welcome: Joyce Wexler, Chair, English Department.

"Ideals and Practicalities in Electronic Representations of Primary Materials," Peter Shillingsburg, Svaglic Chair of Textual Studies, Loyola University Chicago

11:00 "Principles and Practicalities for Engineering HRIT Solutions," George K. Thiruvathukal, Associate Professor of Computer Science, Loyola University Chicago

12:00 Lunch

1:00 "Meshing New Solutions with Standard Practices," Laura Mandell, English Department, Miami University Ohio

2:00 "Satisfying the demands of computer engineering, scholarly editors, and humanities students and scholars for whom computing is word processing and Internet surfing," Desmond Schmidt, Queensland University of Technology, Australia

3:00 Coffee break

3:15 Panel of potential users: faculty and students

4:00 Refreshments

October 29, 2010

Laura Mandell, Miami University Ohio, NINES, 18thConnect, Romantic Circles: A seminar

2:00-3:30 PM, CTSDH, Cudahy Library 201

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus

April 15, 2010

Matthew Kirschenbaum, University of Maryland, MITH, author of Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (MIT Press, 2008)

3:00 PM, Crown Center Auditorium

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus.

What is Digital Humanities? -  Matthew G. Kirschenbaum (U Maryland), April 15, 2010

April 10, 2010

Klarchek Room, 4th Floor, Information Commons

free and open to the public, reservations

Modernist Networks - George Bornstein (UMichigan), Robin Schulze (Penn State), Sean Latham (U Tulsa), Pamela L. Caughie (Loyola Chicago), April 10, 2010


9:30 Reception, Coffee

10:00 George Bornstein, C. A. Patrides Professor of English Language and Literature in the College of Literature, Science, and the Arts (ret.), University of Michigan: "The Colors of Modernism: Publishing Blacks, Jews, and Irish in the Early Twentieth Century."

11:00 Robin Schulze, Professor of English, Penn State University: "The Hardware and Software of Modernist Studies: Building the Digital Future."

12:00 Lunch

1:00 Sean Latham, Professor of English, University of Tulsa: "Creating a New Art: The Modernist Journals Project and the Archives of the Everyday."

2:00 Pamela Caughie, Professor of English, Loyola University Chicago: "Sounding Off: Modernist Sound Scholarship and the Challenges of Publishing."

3:00 Roundtable discussion (speakers to be joined by David Chinitz, Joyce Wexler, Steve Jones, and Christine Froula).

4:00 Reception

March 17, 2010

Marta Warner, D'youville College, author of Emily Dickinson's Open Folios: Scenes of Reading, Surfaces of Writing (U of Michigan P, 1995) and Radical Scatters: An Electronic Archive of Emily Dickinson's Late Fragments and Related Texts (U of Michigan P, 1999/CDRH at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln, 2007)

3:00 PM, Crown Center Auditorium

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus.

Night Archives: Helen Keller and the Deaf-Blind Textual Condition - Martha Werner (D’Youville College), March 17, 2010

November 7, 2009

Klarchek Room, 4th Floor, Information Commons

free and open to the public, reservations required:

The Future of Shakespeare’s Texts - Michael Best, Alan Galey, Gabriel Egan, Michael Witmore, November 7, 2009


9:30 Reception, Coffee

10:00 Welcome by Joyce Wexler, Chair, English Department

10:15 Michael Best, Professor Emeritus, University of Victoria and creator of the Internet Shakespeare: “Let Us Knog Our Praines Together: Collaboration in Electronic Shakespeares.”

11:00 Alan Galey, Assistant Professor in the Faculty of Information, University of Toronto: "The Sense of Reckoning: Quantification versus Materiality in Digital Shakespeare Scholarship."

12:00 Lunch

1:15 Gabriel Egan, Reader in Shakespeare Studies, Loughborough University: "Stop-press Correction and the Shakespearian editor."

2:00 Michael Witmore, Professor of English, University of Wisconsin, Madison: "Digital Filiation: Linguistics, Factor Analysis and the Quantitative Redescription of Shakespearean Genres."

2:45 Roundtable: “The Current State of Shakespearean Textual Studies” (Chair: Suzanne Gossett)

3:30 Refreshments

September 23, 2009

Peter Shillingsburg: the Inaugural Martin J. Svaglic Lecture in Textual Studies: 4:00 PM, Klarchek Room, 4th Floor, Information Commons

(reception to follow the lecture)

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus

September 12, 2009

Simon Gatrell, The University of Georgia: “Information Commons 230, 216

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus

Sex, Dress and Revision in Thomas Hardy’s Work - Simon Gatrell (U Georgia) September 12, 2009

March 28, 2009

Klarchek Room, 4th Floor, Information Commons



9:30 Reception, Coffee

10:00 Welcome by Joyce Wexler, Chair, English Department

10:15 Andrew Stauffer, Professor of English at the University of Virginia and Director of the NINES project (Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship): "From Editions to Scholarship."

11:00 Joseph Viscomi, James G. Kenan Distinguished Professor of English Literature, University of North Carolina, Co-creator and Co-Editor of the William Blake Archive: "Blake's Enlightened Graphics: Illuminated Books and New Technologies."

12:00 Lunch

1:15 Neil Fraistat, Professor of English, University of Maryland, Co-creator and Co-Editor of Romantic Circles and Director of MITH (Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities): and : "Re-centering the Humanities."

2:00 Doug Guerra and Steven Jones, Loyola University and Romantic Circles: : "This is Not an Edition: Romantic Circles' Poets on Poets"

2:45 Future directions: Discussion led by Steven Jones

3:30 Refreshments

19th Century Studies Digital Texts - Neil Freistat (U Maryland), Andrew Stauffer (U Virginia), Joseph Visconi (U North Carolina, March 28, 2009


Nov. 8, 2008

Crown Center Rm 530


9:30 Reception, Coffee

10:00 Welcome by Joyce Wexler, Chair, English Department

10:15 Peter Robinson, Director, ITSEE, Birmingham Univ., UK

'Why Transcription is Not What It Seems'

Introduction by Peter Shillingsburg, Martin J. Svaglic Chair, LUC


10:00 Martin Foys, Assoc Prof., Hood College, and Visiting Prof., Drew Univ.

'Transmedial Mappae: Digitally Editing Medieval Worlds as More than Words'

Introduction by Kevin Caliendo, Grad. Student, LUC


12:00 Lunch

1:15 Hoyt Duggan, Emeritus Professor, Univ. of Virginia

'If We Build It, Will They Come: Piers Plowman and the Viability of

Electronic Editing'

Introduction by Allen Frantzen, Professor, LUC


2:00 Stephanie Lundeen, Instructor, LUC

'Text and Performance in the Harley Lyrics'

Introduction by Fallon Allison, Grad. Student, LUC


2:45 The Current State of Medieval Textual Studies

Chair: Allen Frantzen

3:30 Refreshments

October 14, 2008

John Gouws, Professor Extraordinary, North West University, South Africa; Emeritus Professor, Rhodes University, Grahamstown

Bremner Lounge

Loyola University Chicago, Lake Shore Campus