Intertextuality in Early Women’s Writing

Intertextual Networks is a three-year research project funded by a generous $290,000 grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities, focusing on intertextuality in early women’s writing. Starting in October 2016, the WWP began work on this collaborative research initiative, which will examine the citation and quotation practices of the authors represented in Women Writers Online (WWO) to explore and theorize the representation of intertextuality.

For this project, the WWP is assembling a collaborative research team that includes faculty, graduate students, and members of the WWP staff, representing a diverse set of perspectives and expertise. Each member of the collaborative group will pursue a research project engaging with materials from WWO, to be published in Women Writers in Context, the WWP’s open-access publication series. We will also be developing interface tools for exploring intertextual connections and patterns. As part of this work, we will be undertaking a broad encoding of quotations and citations across the entire WWO collection, linking textual references to a comprehensive bibliography of sources, which we will make openly available at the WWP Lab.

For more information on the work we will be undertaking in this project, please see the full proposal. To read a list of the projects being completed by our collaborators, please visit this page. And, for updates on our progress and discoveries, as well as the work being done by our collaborators, see the WWP’s blog.

Intertextual Networks has been made possible in part by a major grant from the National Endowment for the Humanities: Exploring the human endeavor. Any views, findings, conclusions, or recommendations expressed in this project, do not necessarily represent those of the National Endowment for the Humanities.