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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.
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29 September 1348
The first outbreak of bubonic plague in Britain (later called the Black Death) reached London.It reached the west country (from ships) first, mid Scotland by 1349, and remote Ireland by 1357. Three more severe outbreaks occurred by the end of the fourteenth century. The population of England fell by one-third (bringing opportunities to upwardly-mobile peasants). It was not called Black Death until the late sixteenth century.A recent book by archaeologist Barney Sloane has challenged the belief that the plague was spread by fleas from rats to humans. He argues that the disease spread too rapidly to be caused by anything but human-to-human transmission. Furthermore, no accumulations of plague-killed rats have been found, and the epidemic did not abate during the bitterly cold winter during which most fleas would have died.
29 September 1399
Richard II abdicated from the throne at the Tower of London; in effect he was deposed, and the crown seized by Henry Bolingbroke, who became Henry IV.The circumstances of Richard's death in prison are obscure; it was believed to have taken place on 14 February 1400. He had claimed a royal right to levy direct taxation in peace as well as war; he was felt to have imposed autocracy. But this bypassing of the senior male line of inheritance introduced dynastic instability.
29 September 1608
Lady Margaret Cunningham, after ten years of marriage to the abusive Sir James Hamilton of Crawfordjohn, wrote out a detailed account of her wrongs, as A Parte of the Life . . . .
- 29 September 1348