This is my site: It started off, once upon a time, as a blog focused on early modern books, and that’s why it’s called Wynken de Worde. (He’s pretty cool; someday I’ll get around to writing about him.) Now I write about other stuff as well, and stick that in the “In Other Words” category. If you’re primarily interested in early modern books and culture, you can subscribe to the Wynken de Worde category feed to avoid the yucky Shakespeare and personal stuff.
And this is me: book historian, library enthusiast, digital tools explorer. I used to be the Digital Media Strategist at the Folger Shakespeare Library. Before that, I was the Library’s Undergraduate Program Director, a program I founded and ran from 2006 to 2013 (the program is no more, but you can see the last incarnation I taught). I was also the Editor of and lead writer for The Collation, a blog I created about scholarship at the Folger, and I served as Associate Editor of Shakespeare Quarterly for a number of years.
This blog traces my excitement about teaching in a rare materials library, including my interest in how such libraries might act as classrooms and how the materiality of special collections might work in conjunction with (or sometimes wrestle against) the new tools of digital humanities scholarship. If you’re not sure what digital scholarship might have to do with book history, you’ll learn a lot from the article I co-wrote with Matthew Kirschenbaum on the subject. If you’d like to learn more about how early books were made, and how to work with digital facsimiles of them, you’ll love my A Handbook for Studying Early Printed Books, 1450–1800, coming out next year from Wiley Blackwell. For a quick intro to why that’s interesting, read Glenn Fleishman’s account of my work in his piece for The Economist’s Babbage blog or Becca Rosen’s profile of the challenges of digital strategy for a rare materials library in The Atlantic’s Technology blog.
Before I turned into a books-and-libraries fan, I was a Shakespeare-and-early-modern-drama scholar, and I still write about that subject. My first book, Shakespeare and Feminist Performance: Ideology on Stage, was published by Routledge in 2001. Most recently, the collection I edited on New Directions in Renaissance Drama and Performance Studies was published by Palgrave; check out my introduction and consider asking your library to buy it so that more people can read it. Right now I’m thinking about fragments and how digital technologies are affecting the study and reception of performance. I was also the guest editor for the Fall 2011 special issue of Shakespeare Quarterly on performance, which went through an open peer review process hosted by MediaCommons.
And because it’s more fun to learn from students directly, read about some George Washington University students and watch the video embedded on that page, or watch the video below of some Georgetown students talk about how much they loved studying at the Folger: