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
2 May 1519
Leonardo da Vinci, painter, sculptor, and scientist, died at Cloux (near Amboise, France).Born on 15 April 1452, in the small village of Anchiano (near Vinci to the west of Florence), da Vinci had significant impact on architecture and also on engineering. His sketches included as yet unrealisable projects such as flying machines. He was one of a number of persons actively interested in scientific dissection to increase understanding of human anatomy. This type of study led to medical advances. Ambrose Paré (1510-1590), for instance, ended the treatment of gunshot wounds with boiling oil; he was the first to use ligatures.
2 May 1550
Joan Bocher, also called Joan of Kent, was burned as a heretic for denying the virgin birth of Christ.King Edward VI, aged about thirteen, recorded it in his diary.
2 May 1594
The Taming of the Shrew, a comedy by Shakespeare, was entered in the Stationers' Register.The situation (a husband cures his wife of insubordination by his own unreasonably demanding and violent behaviour) derives from the tradition of misogynist ballads and jest-books about difficult wives. Shakespeare's play notoriously ends with a recantation by his heroine Kate, in which she urges wives to place their hand under their husband's foot. There is a history, already old, of interpretations of this scene in which Kate over-acts a feigned submission to comic effect.In 1610 John Fletcher replied to this play (in the manner of the textual debating of the querelle des femmes) with The Tamer Tamed (a title often bracketed with, before or after it, The Woman's Prize). Fletcher imagines that Kate never submitted, but kept quarrelling with her husband for her whole life. She has now died, and Petruchio remarries the apparently more docile, Maria, who, however, resolves to be more successful than Kate at getting the upper hand. This play (published among Fletcherapos;s collected works) was performed together with The Taming of the Shrew in 1633, and again by the Royal Shakespeare Company in 2003.
- 2 May 1519