CONFERENCE NEWS: Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | CultureWhereas the Orlando textbase was first published by Cambridge University Press in 2006, the Orlando Project itself began in 1995. This May, the conference Digital Diversity 2015: Writing | Feminism | Culture will take 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 look forward to welcoming an international, multidisciplinary group of delegates, who will participate in workshops, panels, and poster and demo sessions. For more information about the conference, including its featured speakers, check out its website at digitaldiversity2015.org and follow its Twitter account @digdiv2015.
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20 October 1573
Isabella Whitney wrote her longest poem, The Manner of her Will, and what she left to London: and to all those in it: at her departing, printed in her A Sweet Nosgay, Or Pleasant Posye.
20 October 1595
Michel de Montaigne's Essays were entered in the Stationers' Register, three years after the author's death.The first selection had appeared in French in 1580. The essays were translated into English by John Florio in 1603. Their attention to daily life and their attractive and trenchant introspection give them significance for the development of autobiography as well as of the essay.Virginia Woolf revered Montaigne, and paid three separate visits to the tower where he lived and wrote.
20 October 1656
A Wonderful Pleasant and Profitable Letter by the prophet Sarah Wight was anonymously published without her consent.Nine years before this, when she was only seventeen, Henry Jessey had written of her ecstatic experience and her teaching in The Exceeding Riches of Grace, which relates her experience of acute illness and a three-day trance, followed by a two-month fast which was expected to kill her, but did not. Critic Carola Scott-Luckens likens this to birth rituals, noting that Wight's experience was construed as spiritual rebirth.Her own text opens "A Christian's happiness lies in being emptied of all self, self refined, as well as gross self; and being filled with a full God." It stresses that her faith cannot be shaken by family troubles (her brother's death, her mother's suffering), and that she does not wish for public recognition for her work.
- 20 October 1573