The Orlando Project team includes researchers with expertise in women’s writing, literary history, humanities computing, and computing science. It has included, over time, Co-Investigators, Post-Doctoral Fellows, Research Associates, Graduate and Undergraduate Research Assistants, Systems Analysts and Programmers, Librarians, and technical and administrative support personnel.

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Susan Brown, Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy have overall responsibility for the Orlando Project.

Summer_2013 thumbnailSusan Brown, Technical Director, is Canada Research Chair in Collaborative Digital Scholarship and Professor in the School of English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph, Visiting Professor in English and Film Studies and Humanities Computing, and a founding member of the Orlando Project. She is seconded half-time to the University of Alberta for her work in Orlando. She is responsible for Victorian materials in the textbase. Her areas of research interest include Victorian women writers, Victorian poetry and poetics, the relationship of Victorian writing to diverse social fields including feminism, imperialism, and economics, and various aspects of the digital humanities. She was a contributor to the Feminist Companion to Literature in English and to the Oxford Companion to Women’s Writing in the United States, and has published essays in the Cambridge Companion to Victorian Poetry (ed. J. Bristow), Victorian Women Poets (ed. A. Chapman), Literature and Money (ed. A. Purdy), Gender and Colonialism (ed. S. Ryder et al), and in journals including Feminist Studies, Victorian Poetry, Victorian Review, English Studies in Canada, Literary and Linguistic Computing, and Digital Humanities Quarterly. She received a University of Guelph Faculty Association Special Merit Teaching Award in 1999. She leads the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory infrastructure project, which builds on Orlando’s pioneering work in online scholarly collaboration and is funded by the Canada Foundation for Innovation.

pat_informal thumbnailPatricia Clements, Founding Director of the Orlando Project and Principal Investigator on the original MCRI grant, directed the project from inception until publication. She is responsible for twentieth-century materials in the textbase. She is co-author/editor, with Virginia Blain and Isobel Grundy, of The Feminist Companion to Literature in English, 1990, the first reference work to women’s writing in the various literary traditions in English, and co-editor with Isobel Grundy of Virginia Woolf: New Critical Essays, 1983. She has published on nineteenth-century French and English poetry and prose: Baudelaire and the English Tradition, 1985; The Poems of Thomas Hardy, ed. with Juliet Grindle, 1980. She served two terms as Dean of Arts at the University of Alberta, and a term as President of the Humanities and Social Sciences Federation of Canada. She received a BA from the University of Alberta, a DPhil from Oxford University, and an honorary DLitt from Brock University. She is a Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta and a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In 2015, Prof. Clements received an honorary DLitt from the University of Alberta.

Grundy.portrait thumbnailIsobel Grundy, Research Director, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. She received her degrees from Oxford University, where she was a member of St Anne’s College. Between her BA and her DPhil she worked for six years in Finland, London, and New York. She taught at Queen Mary College (now Queen Mary and Westfield College), London University, from 1971, then moved to the University of Alberta in 1990 as Henry Marshall Tory Professor. Her areas of research interest are women writers in English from the Medieval period through the long eighteenth century: favourite authors Lady Mary Wortley Montagu and Samuel Johnson. She was one of the author/editors of The Feminist Companion. Her Lady Mary Wortley Montagu, Comet of the Enlightenment appeared from Oxford University Press in 1999 (paperback 2001). She is a Fellow of the Royal Society of Canada. In September 2000 she was awarded the University of Alberta’s highest honour, the University Cup, for excellence in research and teaching.

Corrinne Harol, Literary Director, joined the Project in 2015. 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.

Jeff Antoniuk joined the Orlando Project as Systems Analyst in 2002. He holds an MSc in Computing Science from the University of Alberta and a BSc from Brandon University. As a student at the University of Alberta, Jeff was a member of the Database System Research Group, and his interests include information retrieval and data-mining (knowledge discovery in data). In 2011 Jeffery joined the Canadian Writing Research Collaboratory as Senior Programmer.

Kathryn Holland, who became Senior Research Fellow in 2016, has been an Orlando GRA and then a research associate. She holds a BA and MA from the Alberta and a D.Phil. from Oxford University, and is an English Department faculty member at MacEwan University. Her research focuses on modernist literature, gender studies, and digital humanities. Her writing is published in such journals as Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature and the essay collection Reading Modernism with Machines: Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature.

Mihaela Ilovan became Metadata Coordinator on CWRC and Textbase Manager on the Orlando Project in 2013. She is now CWRC’s Project Manager.

Mariana Paredes-Olea, who holds an MA in Humanities Computing from the University of Alberta and an MA in Spanish from the University of Toronto, was Textbase Manager on the Orlando Project from January 2009 and Metadata Coordinator on CWRC from 2010 until 2012. She now holds a position as EBook Cataloguer and Metadata Assistant with the University of Alberta Library, but offers valuable assistance to Orlando on occasion.

Ruth Knechtel, was Textbase Manager on the Orlando Project and Metadata Coordinator on CWRC from 2012 until 2013. She is now Senior Manager, FANS (Funding Agencies and Non-Profit Sponsors) at the University of Waterloo.

Jana Smith Elford joined the project in 2009; Nadine Adelaar in 2011; Michelle Gregory in 2012.

CWRC students who have worked in collaboration with Orlando:  Kristi Abramoff, Anita Cutic, Sarah Davidson, Elena Dergacheva, Keah Hansen, Ashley Moroz, Breanna Mroczek, Ximena Flores Oviedo, Jessica Rattcliffe, Megan Sellmer, Larissa Swayze, Willow White.

Special thanks to those who have volunteered as research assistants: Justine Baskey, Abigail Chapman, Sydney Kruth, Alison Uttley. Erik Drebit and Kirsten Nicholson also contributed to the project in connection with coursework.

Co-Investigators on Grants Held

Renée Elio, former Project Co-investigator, did graduate work at both Yale University and Carnegie-Mellon University, receiving her PhD in cognitive psychology from CMU in 1981. In 1983 she moved to Alberta to take a position as an NSERC Industrial Fellow Chair with the Alberta Research Council. She was Associate Vice President (Research) of the Department of Computing Science at the University of Alberta from 2007 to 2013. She is currently a Professor of Computing Science at Alberta.

Rebecca Cameron, former Project Co-Investigator, first joined Orlando as a Post-Doctoral Fellow in 1999. In Fall 2002 she became Assistant Professor at the University of Saskatchewan, teaching modern British literature and drama. She is currently Associate Professor of English at DePaul University in Chicago.

Jo-Ann Wallace, former Project Co-Investigator, was Professor and Chair of Women’s Studies at the University of Alberta and is now Professor Emeritus. She is former Chair of the English Department, University of Alberta, and editor of English Studies in Canada. Her research areas include women’s literary modernism, feminist theory, and studies in “the child” and children’s literature.

Stan Ruecker, formerly Project Co-Investigator (and before that an Orlando GRA), is Anthony J. Petullo Professor in Graphic Design and a Design Research Fellow at the University of Illinois. His current research interests are in the areas of humanities visualization, the future of reading, and information design. Prior to this position he was an Associate Professor in the University of Alberta’s interdisciplinary Humanities Computing program, where he supervised graduate students and led seminars on experimental interface design, knowledge management and analysis, research methods, interdisciplinary research project management, and critical discourse analysis.

Advisory Panel During the Early Years

Virginia Blain, formerly Associate Professor of Victorian and Modern Literature at Macquarie University in Sydney, Australia, was one of the authors of The Feminist Companion to Literature in English: Women’s Writing from the Middle Ages to the Present. Her major works include Caroline Bowles Southey, 1786 – 1854: The Making of a Woman Writer, 1988. She has edited two volumes with Isobel Armstrong: Women’s Poetry in the Enlightenment: The Making of a Canon, 1730 – 1820, and Women’s Poetry, late Romantic to late Victorian: Gender and Genre, 1820 – 1900, both 1999.

The late Marilyn Butler, FRSL, FRSA, did major work on Romantic and eighteenth-century British Literature, and in feminist criticism and literary-historical methodology. Her major publications include Maria Edgeworth: a Literary Biography, 1972, Jane Austen and the War of Ideas, 1975, and Romantics, Rebels, and Reactionaries, 1981. In December of 2015, a conference was held in her honour, Marilyn Butler and the War of Ideas, at Chawton House Library, with keynote speakers Professor Jim Chandler and Professor Heather Glen. It was also the site of the launch of Mapping Mythologies: Countercurrents in Eighteenth-Century British Poetry and Cultural History, a book left unfinished by Butler at the time of her death and completed by Heather Glen.

Paul Delany has co-edited two books in the area of computers and the humanities with George Landow: Hypermedia and Literary Studies, 1991, and The Digital Word: Text-Based Computing in the Humanities, 1993. He is Professor Emeritus of English.

Patricia Demers is Professor of English at the University of Alberta and was the first woman to be President of the Royal Society of Canada, 2005-2007. She was awarded the Queen Elizabeth II Diamond Jubilee Medal in 2012. Her major publications include The World of Hannah More, 1996; Heaven Upon Earth: The Form of Moral and Religious Children’s Literature to 1850, 1993; Women as Interpreters of the Bible, 1992; and P. L. Travers, 1991, and on CD-ROM, 1995. Her research interests include Jacobean drama, 17th-century poetry, biblical literature, children’s literature, and Canadian women’s writing.

Julia Flanders is based at Northeastern University, where she is Director of the Women Writers Project (Women Writers Online), Professor of Practice in the English Department (with an affiliation to the NULab for Texts, Maps, and Networks), and Director of the Digital Scholarship Group in the Northeastern University Library. She also is editor-in-chief of Digital Humanities Quarterly. Her research concerns include editorial theory and its relationship to electronic textuality, the history and gender politics of scholarly editing, and approaches to documentary transcription in TEI/SGML.

Susan Hockey has retired as Professor of Library and Information Studies at University College, London. Before that (1997-1999) she was Director of the Canadian Institute for Research Computing in the Arts at the University of Alberta, and before that (1991-1997) Director of the Center for Electronic Texts in the Humanities (CETH), and (until 1991) Director of Computers in Teaching Initiative Centre for Textual Studies, Oxford University.

Ludmilla Jordanova is Professor of Visual Culture in the Department of History at Durham University. She has published widely on cultural history, gender, and medical history. Her books include The Look of the Past: Visual and Material Evidence in Historical Practice, 2012.

Peter J. M. Lown, QC, has an LLB (Hons.) from the University of Glasgow and a Master’s from the University of Saskatchewan. He was heavily involved in the development of computer databases and the integration of micro-computers into the teaching and practice of law. He has published extensively in the Communications and Corporate areas.

The late Jane Marcus is Distinguished Professor of English at the City University of New York and the City College of New York. She helped found the women’s studies departments at University of Texas and University of Illinois at Chicago. Her publications include Virginia Woolf and the Languages of Patriarchy, 1987. Her research interests were in modernism, feminist theory and criticism, canonicity, and women’s autobiography and biography.

Juliet McMaster, FRSC, is Professor Emeritus at the University of Alberta. Her publications include Jane Austen on Love, 1978. With R. D. McMaster, she wrote The Novel from Sterne to James, 1981. She has written widely on eighteenth and nineteenth-century literature, including much on George Eliot, Frances Burney, and Emily Brontë.

Patricia Prestwich is Professor Emeritus in the Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta. Her area of specialization is French history and she has worked in the areas of psychiatric history, particularly women and madness.

Bonnie Kime Scott, now Professor Emerita, was Professor of English and Women’s Studies at the University of Delaware and moved in 2001 to the Women’s Studies Department at San Diego State University. One of her most recent books is In the Hollow of the Wave: Virginia Woolf and Modernist Uses of Nature (2012).

Ann B. Shteir was Professor of Humanities and Women’s Studies at York University, now retired. Her research has been in eighteenth-century women’s writing, women’s writing and science culture, women and botanical culture. Her studies include Cultivating Women, Cultivating Science: Flora’s Daughters and Botany in England, 1760 to 1860, 1996.

Former Staff Members and Collaborators

Sharon Farnel, MA, MLIS, was Textbase Manager for the Orlando Project from 2000-2008. Currently, her work with the University of Alberta Library is in two areas. The first is web development, where she works as part of the team responsible for the look and feel, content and architecture of the Library’s website. The second is metadata, where she works as part of the digitization team on metadata structure and content for a variety of ongoing and upcoming digital projects with which the Library is involved. Her research interests include metadata standards and crosswalking, and the online information seeking behaviours of humanities scholars.

Benjamin Authers was a Grant Notley Postdoctoral Fellow in the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta. His research at the University of Alberta looked at how concepts of responsibility function in the law and literature of nineteenth-century Canada to create and reinforce certain culturally-privileged ideas of behaviour, citizenship, and the ideal nation. Ben’s research has been published in such journals as University of Toronto Quarterly and The Journal of the Association for the Study of Australian Literature.

Allen Renear, Project Co-investigator, received an AB from Bowdoin College and an AM and PhD from Brown University, specializing in knowledge representation and the philosophy of science. After spending several years teaching philosophy and running an electronic publishing business he joined Brown’s Computing and Information Services in 1984, working first as a systems analyst and project leader, and then as a strategic planner. During this time he consulted on or managed many humanities computing projects and became involved in a variety of text encoding and computing activities including participating in X3V1.TG8 (the ANSI Technical Group which developed SGML) and serving on the Advisory Board of the Text Encoding Initiative. He later served as interim Director for Technology at the Northeast and Islands Regional Educational Laboratory, becoming Director of the Brown University Scholarly Technology Group in 1993, as well as Director of the Women Writers Project, President of the Association for Humanities Computing (ACH), and an adjunct Professor of English at the University of Alberta. He is now Dean and Professor at the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois.

Former Project Members

  • Nadine Adelaar
  • Barbara Alvarez
  • Nazareth Arabaghian
  • Dylan Armstrong
  • Michelle Balen
  • Nicole Barkwill
  • Neale Barnholden
  • Shauna Barry
  • Janice Beaveridge
  • Katherine Binhammer
  • Rebecca Blain
  • Rebecca Blasco
  • Melisa Brittain
  • Inge Brown
  • Jocelyn Brown
  • Pippa Brush
  • Adela Burke
  • Terry Butler
  • Kris Calhoun
  • Lara Carleton
  • Kathryn Carter
  • Jennifer Chambers
  • Ben Chen
  • Tina Cheng
  • Karen Chow
  • Joanna Cockerline
  • Amy Cote
  • Cindy Couldwell
  • Greg Coulombe
  • Tamara de Dominicis
  • Leslie Dema
  • Jason Dewinetz
  • Michelle Di Cintio
  • Lisa Dublin
  • Paul Dyck
  • Carmen Ellison
  • Barbara Falk
  • Colin Faulkner
  • Sue Fisher
  • Anna Ford
  • Alyson Fortowsky
  • Ernst Gerhardt
  • Dave Gomboc
  • Cathy Grant
  • George Grinnell
  • Alexandra Guselle
  • Katherine Hanz
  • Kathryn Harvey
  • Andrea Hasenbank
  • Jane Haslett
  • Debra Henderson
  • Lisa Hennigar
  • Catherine Higginson
  • Amanda Hooper
  • Karine Hopper
  • Deirdre Hunt
  • Chelsea Jack
  • Rob Jackson
  • Nikhil Jayadevan
  • Marilyn Jones
  • Nicole Keating
  • Devorah Kobluk
  • Deanna Kruger
  • Kate Lane-Smith
  • Joanna Langille
  • Julien Lapointe
  • Carolyn Lee
  • Nadine LeGier
  • Mary Elizabeth Leighton
  • Miriam Mabrouk
  • Andrew Mactavish
  • Roxanne Maharaj
  • Kristen Mandziuk
  • Ozma Mazood
  • Heather McAsh
  • Margaret McCutcheon
  • Mark McCutcheon
  • Karen McFadyen
  • Chelsea Miya
  • Aimée Morrison
  • Breanna Mroczek
  • Don Myroon
  • Bhuva Narayanan
  • Catherine Nelson-McDermott
  • Tram Nguyen
  • Dempsey Nobert
  • Ananda Pellerin
  • Roland Penner
  • Mike Plouffe
  • Anthony Purgas
  • Elizabeth Quinn
  • Jessica Ratcliffe
  • Robyn Read
  • Ashley Reid
  • Cailin Rooke
  • Esther Rosario
  • Julie Ruel
  • Maitreyi Sanjay
  • Laura Schechter
  • Janice Schroeder
  • Jessie Scoble
  • Caley Skinner
  • Kayla Snyder
  • Kevin Spencer
  • Laura Stenberg
  • Sarah Timleck
  • Kristina Trevors
  • Jill Tzupa
  • Sylvia Vance
  • Jeanne Wood
  • Katherine Woodman
  • Samantha West




Reviews of Orlando

Miranda Hickman in Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature

Orlando features not only British women writers but rather a wide range of male and female writers in some way related to literature associated with the British Isles. As a modernist, I welcomed entries on American writers H. D., Djuna Barnes, and Marianne Moore (Hickman 181).

It is inspiring to see such richly collaborative work in action in the humanities, enabled and encouraged by the Orlando framework; this reads as a real example of what Vera John Steiner calls the ‘co construction of knowledge.’ . . . I soon realized that the ground breaking (I should say pathfinding) nature of the project’s set up lay in how its structure allows one to navigate such pages [individual entries] in aggregate. . . . What Orlando allows you to do, in a spirit nicely faithful to the agility implied by Woolf’s Orlando, is to choose your own adventure. . . . When one departs from the usual technique of shuttling immediately to an individual writer’s entry, one appreciates more fully the mercurial quality of the information, uniquely susceptible of rearrangement thanks to the intricate electronic encoding system. This system of electronic tagging both indicates and enables theoretical savvy (Hickman 182).

The rich corpus of information the Orlando team has managed to build in the project’s brief lifespan is nothing short of astonishing. In both theoretical and practical terms, this exciting project makes superb use of the implications of new technologies, and like Woolf’s Orlando, it points to the future. Like Woolf’s oak tree, may it flourish and ramify (Hickman 184).

Miranda Hickman. Tulsa Studies in Women’s Literature, 27:1 (Spring 2008), 180-86. (Available from Project MUSE).
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