Writers with Entries: July 2015 Updates


  • Lady Hester Pulter, 1605 – 1678: major poet who has remained unknown until fairly recently because she seems not to have circulated her work, even in manuscript.
  • Margaret Calderwood, 1715 – 1774: Scotswoman whose journal of travelling to Continental Europe includes trenchant observations about England. She also wrote an unpublished novel . . . Read more

Writers with Entries: January 2015 Update


  • Elizabeth Grymeston, before 1563-1601/4. Her single surviving text, published soon after her death, is a literary-historical landmark whether read as conduct literature, essays, or a mother’s legacy.
  • Olaudah Equiano, c. 1745-1797. Afro-British sailor, explorer, and autobiographer. His memoirs are the most important among his various abolitionist writings.
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Writers with Entries: July 2014 Updates

New Author Entries

  • Rose Hickman, 1526-1613: Protestant middle-class Londoner whose memoirs of the turbulent Reformation years were preserved by her descendants as “Certaine old storyes recorded by an aged gentlewoman”.
  • Sarah, Lady Cowper, 1644-1723: diarist, commonplace-book writer, and abridger (for a daughter-in-law) of a history of the world from biblical times to the present.
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Dr. Patricia Clements recipient of honorary degree

On 10 June 2015 Dr. Patricia Clements, founding director of the Orlando Project, received an honorary D.Litt. from the University of Alberta. Dr. Clements, along with thirteen other outstanding individuals, participated in celebrating and encouraging the University of Alberta graduating class of June 2015.

Writers with Entries: January 2014 Update

New Author Entries

  • Anne Thérèse de Lambert, 1647-1733: French writer of conduct books and comment on the status of women, highly influential in England.
  • Mary Caesar, 1677-1741: in beautiful handwriting but atrocious spelling, she kept for more than twenty years an extraordinary journal of her own and her husband’s intense involvement in the . . . Read more

Orlando free for Women’s History Month

The Orlando textbase was on free access for March 2015 (Women’s History Month). We hear this was much enjoyed.

Women’s Print History Project, 1750-1830

Dr Michelle Levy of Simon Fraser University is using data from Orlando for The Women’s Print History Project, 1750-1830 (awarded a SSHRC Insight Grant), the first comprehensive bibliographical database of women’s contributions to print for this crucial period. This project will build on the now extensive body of qualitative historical scholarship on women’s writing to enable rigorous quantitative analysis of patterns in women’s print history and to foster better understanding . . . Read more

The Orlando Lecture Series launched

The Orlando Lecture series was launched on 4 November 2014 to
celebrate the feminist achievements of the University of Alberta’s
Department of English and Film Studies, including both the Orlando
Project and the Orlando textbase. The inaugural lecture was delivered
to a packed and appreciative audience by Larissa Lai and Rita Wong.

Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture

The Orlando Project began in 1995. In May 2015, the conference Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture took place in Edmonton to mark the Orlando Project’s 20th birthday and to explore ongoing advances in the fields of digital literary and cultural studies. We welcomed an international, multidisciplinary group of delegates, who participated in workshops, panels, and poster and demo sessions. This conference would not have been possible without . . . Read more

Open access for Women’s History Month 2014

Once again The Orlando Project was delighted to celebrate Women’s History Month by making the textbase freely available for the month of March 2014, courtesy of Cambridge University Press.

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