“Linking Munday: Contextualizing, Editing, and Digitizing Civic Identity”
Folger Shakespeare Library Fellowship, June 2022
Digital projects allow for editions of texts that would not typically be found in a traditional print anthology, and Anthony Munday is an early modern writer who has been frequently neglected as a result of these biases in canonicity. This fellowship aims to begin addressing this lack of attention by initiating the first Munday anthology through digital technologies and linked data while utilizing this open-access format to elucidate the negative underpinnings of Munday’s civic legacy concerning race and white supremacy. This dramatist, historian, pageant-maker, draper, pamphleteer, and poet was so well-connected with the various contexts of city life that Tracey Hill compares him to the Standard on Cheapside, “a cross pointing towards these disparate but linked aspects of early modern London” (Anthony Munday, p. 10). This fellowship seeks to realize and visualize Hill’s analogy by editing Munday’s works on digital platforms. The project will situate the texts in the locations of early modern London through geospatial technologies and bring together the texts he added to, was featured in, or wrote through the encoding and linking of data. Through partnerships with the University of Victoria, this project will aggregate these texts and contexts while offering new critical insights and means of editing Munday.
“Linked Early Modern Drama Online”
SSHRC Partnership Development Grant, Co-applicant
Assistant Director, LEMDO (2020-2025; extended because of COVID)
This project, led by primary investigator Janelle Jenstad, brings together a group of international scholars to investigate the critical and pedagogical potential of linked data. Bringing together Internet Shakespeare Editions, Digital Renaissance Editions, Map of Early Modern London, and Queen’s Men Editions, among others, the project seeks to make new contributions to scholarship through considering links as interpretive devices and offering educators new resources by creating an anthology builder.
“Walking Texts in Early Modern London”
SSHRC Insight Grant, Co-applicant
Assistant Director, Mayoral Shows, MoEML (2018-2025; extended because of COVID)
My work with the Map of Early Modern London (MoEML) at the University of Victoria stems from my investigations of Middleton’s Lord Mayors’ Shows and my graduate coursework on Thomas Dekker’s London’s Tempe (1629). My peer-reviewed edition of Dekker’s show reveals textual variants that were previously unaccounted for and offers fresh readings of this sadly neglected event that account for the white supremacist imperialism of Stuart England. This edition (currently in press) will be part of a larger project I am working on with primary investigator Janelle Jenstad, the rest of the MoEML team, and an international editorial team I have assembled of leading scholars in the field. Together we will compile and edit the first full collection of the mayoral shows in an open access digital anthology. These editions will draw upon the pageant books, accounts, and livery company records to adumbrate an accompanying edition of the event that will use MoEML’s geospatial technology to design a digital walking text of the show itself. This goal to aggregate and link historical data via the digital platform to recreate what has been lost aligns with the SSHRC project’s other aim to publish all the editions of John Stow’s Survey of London in order to illuminate the connections between these works that guided Londoners on polychronic textual walking tours through their city’s past and present. My current Folger Library Fellowship connects with this latter aim.