Growing up digital: European women’s writing and digital resource development

Varga, Z. (2020) Growing up digital: European women’s writing and digital resource development. In: Balkun, M. M. and Deyrup, M. M. (eds.) Transformative Digital Humanities: Challenges and Opportunities. Routledge: Abingdon, pp. 165-175. ISBN 9780367023751

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This chapter provides a survey of some of the digital databases designed to represent and investigate women’s writing, with a particular focus on databases concerned with European women’s writing. My research questions include the retrieval of women’s texts and the potential of these online resource to enable the reconsideration of a women’s canon. Starting from a survey of some small 1990s databases setting out as academia/library synergy projects to uncover lost female literary traditions, the chapter moves on to discuss mass digitisation projects from the early 21st century (Europeana, Gallica) while interrogating their potential for searching women’s texts within the immense body of digitised primary material. The final section of the chapter explores large-scale reference sources, including the Orlando Project, the Nordic Women’s Writing Project and the New European Women’s Writing Project (NEWW), which, due to the financial background provided by major national and international bodies, have successfully provided the tools to explore an impressive body of women’s writing with the help of interoperability of massive amount of information and of big chunks of data. The chapter argues that it is with the help of such major databases that the tradition of non-Anglophone European women’s writing could truly be examined.

Item Type:Book Sections
Glasgow Author(s) Enlighten ID:Varga, Dr Zsuzsanna
Authors: Varga, Z.
Subjects:P Language and Literature > PB Modern European Languages
P Language and Literature > PD Germanic languages
P Language and Literature > PR English literature
Z Bibliography. Library Science. Information Resources > Z665 Library Science. Information Science
College/School:College of Social Sciences > School of Social and Political Sciences > Central and East European Studies

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