New Directions/Directors for Orlando
We are delighted to announce that Corrinne Harol has undertaken the position of Literary Director of the Orlando Project.
Dr. Harol (PhD UCLA), Associate Professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, University of Alberta, specializes in Restoration and eighteenth-century literature and culture. Areas of research interest include the intersections of literary, scientific, political, and religious discourses; intellectual history and critical theory; feminist theory and gender studies. She is the author of Enlightened Virginity in Eighteenth-Century Literature as well as journal articles and book chapters on eighteenth century literature.
Corrinne Harol joins Technical Director Susan Brown and Research Director Isobel Grundy. This shared direction of the project is part of the shift to a new phase of Orlando, announced at the Digital Diversity conference as Orlando 2.0. Orlando 2.0 sees the project moving in 2016 to welcoming contributions from scholars worldwide through a new online collaborative research platform.
Orlando’s ongoing work include twice-annual updates to the textbase, each of which comprises ten new entries plus many revisions that reflect new publications, new attributions, new contradictions. Current and former project members are contributing to the upcoming Digital Diversity essay collection, which will be published online and in print. Technical work includes developing prototypes for exploring the project’s materials in new ways, and producing a set of linked open data based on Orlando. Recent studies of Orlando are available in DHQ: Digital Humanities Quarterly and ada: a journal of gender, new media, and technology.
Orlando in the Media
Orlando’s Design Research
Explore in Orlando
8 February 1534
Catherine of Aragon wrote a letter to the Holy Roman Emperor Charles V (her nephew), seeking to enlist the support of Pope Clement VII against her husband's attempts to have their marriage annulled.This letter sold on 11 December 2006 at Sotheby's in New York for over 150,000 dollars (US). According to Sotheby's, letters by Catherine of Aragon are extremely rare; at this date only one other had appeared at auction since 1975. This is although Catherine was both very highly educated and adept at public affairs, first as Spain's ambassador to England during her widowhood and again as queen regent during her husband's absence abroad in 1513 (which included the defeat of the Scots at Flodden Field).
8 February 1587
Mary Queen of Scots was executed at Fotheringay Castle in England.The opposition between Mary and Elizabeth I became a favourite topic for historical fiction.
8 February 1588
Lady Arbella Stuart wrote her earliest extant letter, to her "Good Lady Grandmother" Bess of Hardwick.
- 8 February 1534