Cultures of Reception

Cultures of Reception is a three-year, $200K project funded by the National Endowment for the Humanities, focusing on the reception and readership of early women’s writing. Starting January 1, 2011, the grant supports a collaborative research project to investigate the role that women’s literary writing and its reception played in the formation of Anglophone literary culture in the late 18th and early 19th centuries.

The WWP will digitize a range of sources, including material from printed reviews, anthologies, and early literary histories, as well as manuscript materials like diaries, letters, and commonplace books. Working with these materials, the project’s core collaborators will produce an interconnected group of scholarly articles exploring the cultural geographies of women’s literary reception between 1770 and 1830. These peer-reviewed articles will be published online as part of the WWP’s open-access collection of exhibits, articles, and contextual information on women’s writing. The source materials will also be made publicly accessible through an exploratory interface so that other scholars can further extend and contribute to this line of research in the future.

For more information, please see the full proposal.

Get Involved

An important part of this project will be gathering information about sources from the scholarly community. In the first year of the grant, we will be developing an interface to permit collaborators to contribute citations and source material for inclusion in the collection. We'll start soliciting contributions at some point during the second year of the project. We will also be inviting collaborators who are interested in using and testing the interface before it is made public. If you would like to participate in either of these activities, please contact us and we will put you on our list of interested contributors.