Editing Aphra Behn in the Digital Age (E-ABIDA)

Lead Research Organisation: Loughborough University
Department Name: Humanities

Abstract

Through systematically integrating digital and established methods, E-ABIDA will produce and disseminate a new, comprehensive edition of Aphra Behn (1640-89), one of the most important English Restoration writers, and one of the most significant women writers in any age or nation. Celebrated by Virginia Woolf as the first Englishwoman to earn her living by her pen, Behn was a leading dramatist, a pioneering author of prose fiction, a skilled poet, an influential literary editor, and a successful translator of poetry, fiction, and philosophical and scientific prose. Her diverse writings address such matters as the challenges facing women writers; colonialism and slavery; the cultural legacy of the classical world; scientific innovation; politics; and sexuality (on which she wrote with a frankness unmatched by any woman of her time). She sustained a 20-year career in the competitive London theatre, worked with leading writers such as Rochester and Dryden, and was published by eminent booksellers including Tonson. Few other writers of any period match these remarkable achievements across multiple genres, or were as well connected in the cultural institutions of their time. Her importance is recognised both by The National Archives (TNA) and The National Theatre (NT), who will work with E-ABIDA to mount a public exhibition about her work as a spy, and to stage one of her plays.

E-ABIDA will integrate digital and standard editorial methods so as to facilitate the swift production of a new Behn Complete Writings for publication by CUP. This will be both print and electronic (with the latter available in both old- and modern-spelling). Generously annotated, it will be accessible to both specialist and general readers; print-on-demand, modern-spelling selections will be available, enhancing its attractions to teachers and theatre companies. The edition will be based on a complete re-evaluation of Behn's literary canon, which includes several texts of contested attribution. The existing standard edition (ed. Todd, 1992-6) was produced with limited means and predates modern digital resources; pioneering in its day, it is lightly annotated, and inadequate to 21st-century needs.

A key dimension of the project is its integration of standard and digital methods, facilitated through a digital workspace. In Phase 1, the software on this platform will facilitate collaboration between contributing editors (CEs) by alerting them when other editors are working on cognate problems. It will also enable the General Editors (GEs) to oversee progress on the various works. In Phase 2, a public-facing website will be added, including: a searchable dataset of Behn's works; materials showing how scholarly editions are made; virtual representations of Behn's connections with theatres, printshops, coffee-houses, and other institutions. Study Packs for schools and workbench tools will be made available as a resource for other editorial projects.

To produce a global Behn edition for the 21st century requires a collaborative team of international, interdisciplinary scholars. E-ABIDA brings together exactly that, with CEs from Britain, France, Austria, North America and Australia. The PI, Co-Is, and RA1, based at two universities, have complementary research interests in literature and language, theatre and book history, and digital humanities. They span the career stages from PDRA to professor, and have worked together since 2013 to build partnerships with TNA and NT and to plan the edition's methods. Behn's works not only span a wide range of genres and subjects but also - given their engagement with New World exploration and exploitation, the relationship of literature with science, cultural difference and dialogue, and translation - have a strong worldwide appeal and present-day resonance. E-ABIDA will ensure this global recognition.

Planned Impact

The public
Behn offers a fascinating way into the 17th-century world, appealing, for instance, to those wanting to know what happened to theatre after Shakespeare; those seeking to discover women's history and writing; or those curious about how scholarly editions change our understanding of the past. Her inclusion in Lucy Worsley's popular Harlots, Housewives and Heroines documentaries (2012, and often re-broadcast) indicates her appeal to many television viewers. Our confirmed plans, outlined in Pathways to Impact, to work with The National Archives to mount an exhibition about Behn's spying, and with The National Theatre to stage The Widdow Ranter, are important initial steps in developing Behn's potential to captivate a very wide audience.

Theatres and their audiences
Through the digital and print resources produced by E-ABIDA, theatre companies will be able to access detailed knowledge to inform their staging of Behn's intriguing plays. Small, notable productions of Behn comedies have been staged in recent years (e.g. RADA's The Rover, 2015), but large professional companies are reluctant to risk older works that lack a continuous theatrical history, especially if accessible texts are not in print. Our edition, supported by materials on E-ABIDA's website, will provide clear texts for directors and actors. CUP has also agreed to provide a print-on-demand facility for Behn's works, through which companies will be able to obtain single plays rather than whole volumes of the edition. This will revive interest in plays that have a late 20th-century theatrical history, such as The Rover (Royal Shakespeare Company, 1986) and The Luckey Chance (The Royal Court, 1984; Derby Playhouse, 1993), as well as promoting others that do not (for instance The False Count, The Widdow Ranter). The National Theatre has already expressed a keen interest in working with us towards a production of a Behn play.

Libraries and archives
Important libraries worldwide hold early Behn books and manuscripts. Six major US ones - the Folger, Huntington, Houghton, Firestone, Illinois, and Ransom - have granted Fellowships to the PI and RA1 to access their collections during 2015-16. All require formal feedback from grantees to expand their own understanding of their collections, and we have also agreed to participate in their public engagement programs during our research visits. These arrangements will provide E-ABIDA with excellent opportunities to enable such institutions to gain a better understanding of their own Behn collections and consequently to re-present them for their user communities.

Schools
Behn appears on the current AQA and Edexcel A-level English syllabi. Her works are inspirational to school-students for many reasons. Her pioneering activity as an early professional woman writer, of which Virginia Woolf writes so eloquently - Behn 'earned [women] the right to speak their minds' - is a positive role-model. Given Behn's own modest social origins, her life and works provide a fine example of 'history from below' to set against accounts of the late 17th century that focus on monarchs and university-educated gentlemen. Her writing raises questions of race, colonialism, slavery, gender and sexuality, issues that still resonate today. Her work as a spy in the Low Countries in 1666-7 - attested by her letters (included in the edition) - sheds light on the period's complex politics, as well as on her own life. Study packs on the website will assist teachers in presenting Behn's writings in their classrooms. Learning to make full use of these and other E-ABIDA website materials will also extend students' digital literacy. We have begun discussions with Birmingham and Loughborough alumni who are teachers, with a view to trialling these materials in their classrooms.

Publications

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Evans M (2018) Style and chronology: A stylometric investigation of Aphra Behn's dramatic style and the dating of The Young King in Language and Literature: International Journal of Stylistics

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Hobby, E. (2018) The Rover: An Introduction in British Library Discovering Literature (Restoration and Eighteenth-Century)

 
Title After Aphra: a new play about Aphra Behn's The Widow Ranter 
Description London-based Clio's Company devised (with our assistance and guidance) a new play, set on the second day of the performance of Aphra Behn's The Widdow Ranter, which Behn left not quite finished at her death. Clio's Company's devised play, entitled 'After Aphra', was a three-hander, and craftily incorporated song and dance, information about colonial Virginia, and reflections on the working circumstances of women in Restoration London. 'After Aphra' was performed on four nights at the Hen and Chickens Theatre in Islington, and then at a special event for the London Historians at Watermen's Hall. 'After Aphra' is the first in a series of inter-related public events that Clio's Company is undertaking with our support, as they work towards a full-scale production of Behn's The Widow Ranter in 2020-21. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The play script and its music can now be used for future performances, and developed into materials to be used in workshops with schools. The professional actors for the three-handers are now solidly committed to working on the full-scale production of The Widow Ranter, having come to know and understand a great deal more about the interest of that play. 
URL http://clioscompany.co.uk/news/news.html
 
Title Staged reading by Clio's Company at Fulham Palace, London, of Aphra Behn's play The Widow Ranter 
Description The PI and RA1 served as consultants at rehearsals for a staged reading of Aphra Behn's play The Widow Ranter, and attended the performance on 19 June 2018. 
Type Of Art Performance (Music, Dance, Drama, etc) 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact The actors and directors of Clio's Company have expanded their understanding of and enthusiasm for Behn's works, and are now planning a full-scale performance of this play with our support. 
URL https://www.facebook.com/CliosCompany/photos/pb.512271285499825.-2207520000.1476753080./117558847250...
 
Description During the first few months of the award, we have started to establish new questions about how Aphra Behn made her living on a writer; about her connections with other people in Restoration society (especially with other writers, and with lawyers); and about whether anonymous works that are sometimes attributed to Behn are really likely to be hers. We have also started to forge partnerships with organisations outside the academic world so as to make these findings widely available beyond that specialist audience. Many more specific findings will emerge before the end of the award.
Exploitation Route Our findings will result in useful introductory essays and annotation in our edition when it is finished, so that anyone interested in the first professional woman writer in English can read about them. Overviews of the findings will also be freely available on our project website, which is currently under construction.
Sectors Culture, Heritage, Museums and Collections

 
Description Our findings are being used by a London-based site-specific theatre group to plan the first production in 300 years of Aphra Behn's play The Widow Ranter. We have provided a text of the play for them to work with, and contributed to joint funding applications for a touring production of the play. We have also provided information and guidance on several Behn plays to the Director of the Royal Shakespeare Company's recent production of Behn's play The Rover, so that we can jointly pitch with her a proposal for another play to be staged by RSC.
First Year Of Impact 2016
Sector Creative Economy
Impact Types Cultural

 
Description AHRC International Placement Scheme
Amount £4,470 (GBP)
Funding ID AH/N007573/1 
Organisation Arts & Humanities Research Council (AHRC) 
Sector Public
Country United Kingdom
Start 03/2018 
End 06/2018
 
Description Fellowship of the National Library of Australia for research on the project 'Australian Evidence for Aphra Behn (1649-1689)'
Amount $0 (AUD)
Organisation National Library of Australia 
Sector Public
Country Australia
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description Loughborough University Enterprise Projects Group
Amount £2,500 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 02/2017 
End 07/2017
 
Description Loughborough University Graduate School Postgraduate Studentship (2 awards)
Amount £110,902 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2017 
 
Description Short-Term Visiting Fellowship, Jesus College
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 01/2019 
End 03/2019
 
Description Summer Vacation Bursary Scheme
Amount £953 (GBP)
Organisation Loughborough University 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 07/2017 
End 08/2017
 
Description University of Oxford, Jesus College short-term Fellowship
Amount £0 (GBP)
Organisation University of Oxford 
Sector Academic/University
Country United Kingdom
Start 11/2018 
End 01/2019
 
Description William Andrews Clark Memorial Library Short-Term Fellowship
Amount $3,000 (USD)
Organisation University of California 
Sector Academic/University
Country United States
Start 01/2018 
End 03/2018
 
Title Aphra Behn and Contemporary Epistolary Documents 
Description The dataset collects the texts of Behn's letters, dubia epistles and other published (literary) epistles of the Restoration period. All materials are marked-up using TEI XML, with regularised spelling. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2018 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The dataset is essential for the quantitative analysis of epistolary style in the Restoration period, with implications for our assessment of Behn's authorship of letters in her name (in manuscript and in print). This will inform their treatment in the scholarly edition (the main output of the project) as well as refining our knowledge of early modern letter-writing and the evolution of the literary letter and its impact on other genres, i.e. the novel. 
 
Title Aphra Behn and Contemporary Prose Fiction 
Description Comparative corpora prepared of the prose fiction works of Aphra Behn, her contemporaries (ten texts in total) and the dubia prose fiction associated with Behn. All texts prepared in TEI XML with normalised spelling. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2019 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The findings arising from this dataset will inform our understanding of Behn's authorship of prose works commonly associated with her, such as Love-Letters, and therefore shape their inclusion in the scholarly edition (the main output of the project). The dataset also allows for a (quantitative) linguistic exploration of prose fiction style in the Restoration period, with implications for our understanding of early novelistic writing, evolution of genre, impact of authorial gender, and other facets of interesting to literary historians and linguists. 
 
Title Aphra Behn and Restoration Drama 
Description The project has produced 60 Restoration plays with TEI-XML mark-up and normalised spelling for use in stylometric analyses. 
Type Of Material Database/Collection of data 
Year Produced 2017 
Provided To Others? No  
Impact The database is informing the attribution questions for the edition, helping to identify which dubia plays may have been written by Behn. The data will also enrich our understanding of language and style of Restoration theatre. The database suggests a new narrative behind Behn's writing of The Young King, and indicates that the Revenge is a dubia play most likely to have been written by Behn. 
 
Title Digital Workbench 
Description The Digital Workbench, built in collaboration with the Digital Humanities Institute at Sheffield University, is a platform designed to enable collaborative editing. As users edit work, adding annotations and comments, the Workbench stores this information and alerts other editors who are working on related problems. The Workbench also functions as a repository for sources that editors can upload and share, as well as a space for discussion. 
Type Of Technology Software 
Year Produced 2018 
Impact As the final features are added to the Workbench, it is estimated that the software will be available to editors by April 2018. 
URL https://www.dhi.ac.uk/aphra-behn/
 
Description Aphra Behn Society conference, Duquesne University. The Works of Aphra Behn: A Roundtable Discussion of Editorial Progress 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact PDRA 1 (Bowditch) participated in a roundtable discussion on editing Aphra Behn at the Aphra Behn Society conference in Pittsburg from 2-3 November 2017.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.aphrabehn.org/past%20conferences/2017%20Conference%20Schedule.pdf
 
Description British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies, 3-5 January 2018 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Panel on Aphra Behn's life and works at the 47th annual conference of the British Association of Eighteenth-Century Studies society from 3 to 5 January 2018. The PI (Hobby) and PDRA 2 (Hogarth) presented on funded research. PDRA 2 (Bowditch) chaired the session.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://www.bsecs.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference/
 
Description Editing Aphra Behn workshop (Université de Fribourg) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Two-day workshop run by PI (Hobby) and PDRA 1 (Bowditch) for Conférence Universitaire de Suisse Occidentale (CUSO) hosted by Université de Fribourg. The 15-20 doctoral students participated in a range of activities related to book history, editorial principles, and electronic resources.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Editors' Colloquium (12-13 April 2017) 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact A two-day colloquium bringing together 25 editors working on the Cambridge University Press edition of The Complete Works of Aphra Behn. The colloquium was chaired by PI (Hobby), and included sessions run by Co-I 2 (Evans) and PDRA 1 (Bowditch).
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Her Edit magazine: 'The Right to Speak our Minds' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A magazine, newsletter or online publication
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact PDRA 1 (Bowditch) contributed an article on Aphra Behn's life and works to Her Edit. The issue was promoted on social media and led to informal enquiries from the general public.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.heredit.com/download/issue-twenty-three/?wpdmdl=1305
 
Description Huntington Library staff talk 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation for staff at the Huntington Library, San Marino, California.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description I contributed to a workshop at Queen's University Belfast on making a successful funding bid to AHRC on 24 February 2017, alongside two other workshop leaders from the University of Reading and the University of Bristol 
Form Of Engagement Activity Participation in an activity, workshop or similar
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact With two colleagues from the University of Bristol and the University of Reading, I led a workshop at Queen's University Belfast on how to make a successful funding bid to AHRC. The workshop was attended by academic staff and postgraduate students from the university. There was a great deal of discussion on day about possible projects and applications that are currently being drafted, and I have had correspondence from some participants since about their applications-in-progress.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description I presented a paper at the conference of the Aphra Behn Society (Europe), on gender and influence in Aphra Behn's play The Rover. The conference was held at the University of Huelva, Spain 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact I reported to this expert audience and students the current state of my research into Behn's most-edited play, The Rover, outlining my key new findings. The paper sparked many questions and suggestions, both immediately after its delivery and in correspondence since.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uhu.es/dfing/aphrabehn2016/
 
Description International Conference for English Historical Linguistics 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference paper given at ICEHL 20 at the University of Edinburgh in August 2018. The paper reported on the findins and implications from the computational investigation of Behn's dramatic style and attribution. Paper will be part of a new collection of papers discussing methodologies within historical linguistics in the era of 'big data'.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Interview for BBC Radio 4: In Our Time 
Form Of Engagement Activity A broadcast e.g. TV/radio/film/podcast (other than news/press)
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact An hour long radio discussion programme for BBC Radio 4 on Aphra Behn's life and works. Following the live broadcast, the programme was made available as a podcast.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b0977v4t
 
Description Penn. State workshop 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact Invited presentation to discuss the holdings of Penn. State's (State College) University Library's Behn holdings; approx. 30 attendees including faculty and postgraduate students
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Plenary lecture at Aphra Behn Europe Conference, 2016 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The activity was a plenary lecture, presented to the Aphra Behn Europe conference in Huelva, Spain, in October 2016. The presentation was attended by c. 50 academics and postgraduate students, from locations in the UK, the US and Canada, and across Europe.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2016
URL http://www.uhu.es/dfing/aphrabehn2016/
 
Description Poetics and Linguistics Association Annual International Conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Conference paper given the PALA annual conference, held at University of Birmingham, UK in July 2018. The paper reported on the findins and implications from the computational investigation of Behn's dramatic style and attribution.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation a the Leeds Textual Histories conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented to an audience of specialist editors from different periods and subject areas on the methodological and theoretical challenges involved in editing Aphra Behn's poetry. I received excellent questions and feedback which have helped to shape my thinking and reassure me that I am on the right path.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the Aphra Behn Europe Society 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact The presentation focused on the methodological and theoretical challenges involved in editing Aphra Behn's poetry. The purpose was to place our planned activities in their intellectual field and to solicit views from the audience on our proposed responses to these challenges. The presentation generated valuable feedback and academic advice.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Presentation at the Bangor Restoration conference 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact I presented a paper on Aphra Behn's royal poems at the Bangor Restoration conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the Birmingham Centre for Translation Studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact I presented a paper on Aphra Behn's translation of Abraham Cowley's Sex Librorum Plantarum (Six Books of Plants), as part of the annual Birmingham Centre for Translation Studies meeting. This was a version of the paper previously given at BSECS in January 2017, revised for presentation to a group with significantly different research interests.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description Presentation at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on Aphra Behn's 'Oenone to Paris' in a Behn panel at the annual meeting of the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies. The panel was very well attended and sparked some excellent questions about the nature and challenges involved in the editing process.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Presentation at the British Society for Eighteenth-Century Studies January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Study participants or study members
Results and Impact I presented a paper on Aphra Behn's translation of Abraham Cowley's Sex Librorum Plantarum (Six Books of Plants), as part of a Behn panel with participants from Loughborough University, Bangor University, Oxford University, and Penn State University.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.bsecs.org.uk/conferences/annual-conference/
 
Description Presentation on Aphra Behn's The Rover at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust, January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact The activity was a presentation at the Shakespeare Birthplace Trust's Winter School in January 2017. I gave a short presentation and Q&A on Aphra Behn's The Rover, in relation to the current production of this play by the Royal Shakespeare Company.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL https://www.shakespeare.org.uk/explore-shakespeare/leisure-courses/
 
Description QMUL seminar 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach National
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact The PI gave an invited talk to research students at QMUL enititled 'The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn', outlining the kinds of activities involved in critical editing, and the specific research findings that this project has established to date. The resulted in extensive discussion both during the seminar, and afterwards informally. Those who attended reported that they had learned a great deal about the work entailed in producing a critical edition for a major publisher
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description RECIRC conference (Galway) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Panel on Behn's verse and drama comprising talks by PI (Hobby), Co-I 1 (Wright), and PDRA 1 (Bowditch) for an academic audience at Reception, Reputation and Circulation in the Early Modern World, 1500-1800 (22-25 March 2017)
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://recirc.nuigalway.ie/conference2017/
 
Description Radio interview for SWR2 (German public radio) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A press release, press conference or response to a media enquiry/interview
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact Interview with a freelance broadcaster currently working on a 30 minute radio documentary about the life and work of Aphra Behn for broadcast in 2019.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description Regular Blog Posts on the Project Website 
Form Of Engagement Activity Engagement focused website, blog or social media channel
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact We have made regular blog posts on the project website since summer 2018, providing updates on different activities. These have been promoted on social media with an extensive reach across the project members' own networks. The audience is mainly academic, based on retweets and views, but also interested members of the general public. Unfortunately, no viewing data has been collected for the blog in this data collection period.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018,2019
 
Description School visit (Oundel School, Northamptonshire) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Schools
Results and Impact An invited presentation on Aphra Behn's play, The Rover, given to 25 A Level pupils, followed by discussion. Pupils and teachers reported better understandings of the text and historical contexts following the presentation.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Shakespeare Association of America, April 2017: Seminar 31, 'Performance and the Paper Stage, 1640-1695' 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact Seminar organised by Dr Emma Depledge and Dr Rachel Willie on print and performance in early-modern drama in which PI (Hobby) and PDRA 1 (Bowditch) participated; 45th annual meeting of the Shakespeare Association of America conference from 5-8 April 2017 in Atlanta, Georgia.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
URL http://www.shakespeareassociation.org/wp-content/uploads/2013/05/2017_program_corrected.pdf
 
Description Southern California Eighteenth-Century Group 
Form Of Engagement Activity A formal working group, expert panel or dialogue
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact PI (Hobby) and PDRA 1 (Bowditch) were invited to address the Southern California Eighteenth-Century Group on the subject of 'Aphra Behn, Attribution, and the Myths of her Disintegration' on 15 February 2018.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description Three members of the research team -- the PI, Co-I 2, and PDRA 1 -- presented on our project at 'Off the Record', a Day Conference on editing at the University of Sheffield, 13 January 2017 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach Regional
Primary Audience Other audiences
Results and Impact This day conference brought together a wide range of academics and postgraduate students currently working on major editorial projects, or interested in the work of such projects. Our team was asked to offer our project as a 'Case Study' of the attractions and challenges of working on a major, multi-person edition. Much discussion took place on the day itself, which was highly interactive. Since then we have had follow-up correspondence with other participants, and the event will contribute to the quality of the editing work of all those who were present.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2017
 
Description keynote paper at an interdisciplinary conference on the early-modern life cycle at QMUL 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Postgraduate students
Results and Impact This early-career, interdisciplinary conference for early-career academics attracted participants from the disciplines of Literature and History in approximately equal numbers to present new research on the early-modern life-cycle. As the opening plenary I was tasked with opening up the disciplinary (and interdisciplinary) matters that are at issue in developing new research in this field, and I used some fiction by Aphra Behn to demonstrate how such theoretical questions might be thought through in practice. The conference organisers wrote to me afterwards thanking me for the way I had pitched the talk, and attributing an important role to that in the very successful conference that followed. Most of the participants were early-career (mostly, current postgraduates), and both on the day and subsequently I have had further correspondence with several of them about their work. A plan for some of the papers presented at the paper (including mine) to be published in book form is underway.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL https://religionandthelifecycleconference.wordpress.com/
 
Description presentation at international conference at University College, Dublin 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact Presentation on some key current findings that will be published in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn to attendees at the biennial conference of the Aphra Behn (Europe) Society (held at University College, Dublin). The presentation was a plenary session close to the beginning of the 3-day conference, and it resulted in a large number of enquiries and offers to help from those attending -- and a great deal of excited expectation about the edition's appearance from 2020.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://www.aphrabehneurope.org/conferences.php
 
Description presentation at international conference at the University of Sheffield 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This was a presentation at the conference of the Society for Renaissance Studies, held at the University of Sheffield. I presented findings from my editing for The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Aphra Behn, and engaged and useful discussion followed, both during the formal session and in informal discussion during the remaining day of the conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
URL http://rensoc.org.uk/8thconference
 
Description presentation at international conference in Oxford (BSECS) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact I presented a paper at the British Society for Eighteenth Century Studies, held at St Hugh's College, Oxford. I presented findings from authorship attribution work, concerning Behn's spying letters, and a useful discussion followed.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
 
Description presentation at international conference, University College Dublin (Aphra Behn Europe) 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Professional Practitioners
Results and Impact This talk was at the Aphra Behn Europe conference at University College Dublin. I presented a paper concerning the challenges of authorship attribution work in relation to Behn's writing, and engaged in useful discussion during the session and throughout the duration of conference.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2018
 
Description talk to the general public in Canberra, Australia about their National Library's holdings of the works of Aphra Behn 
Form Of Engagement Activity A talk or presentation
Part Of Official Scheme? No
Geographic Reach International
Primary Audience Public/other audiences
Results and Impact As part of my Fellowship at the National Library of Australia, I gave a widely advertised talk to the general public entitled 'Aphra Behn in Australia'. The talk had several themes, including an exploration of how these rare, early books arrived in Australia and came to be deposited in Australian libraries; an introduction for that audience to the practicalities of printing in the era of moveable type, so that they would understand why it is necessary to examine multiple copies of such books; photographic examples of annotations made by early readers in the books owned by the National Library, and a discussion of what these manuscript additions might signify; a broader examination of the themes and wider interest of the Aphra Behn works held at the National Library, with a view to encouraging public interest in her writings.
Year(s) Of Engagement Activity 2019
URL https://www.nla.gov.au/event/lecture-with-professor-elaine-hobby