Funding

The Orlando Project has been generously supported by the Vice-President (Research), the Vice-President (Academic), the Director of Libraries, the Dean of Graduate Studies, the Dean of Arts, and the Department of English and Film Studies at the University of Alberta; and by the School of English and Theatre Studies, the Faculty of Arts, and the Vice-President Research at the University of Guelph.

The first phase in Orlando’s development – creation of the Project infrastructure, the DTDs, and extensive encoding – was funded by a Major Collaborative Research Initiatives Grant from the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada, and the Council has since awarded Standard Research Grants to each of Dr. Brown, Dr. Clements, and Dr. Grundy for work on the Orlando narrative history.

The Canada Foundation for Innovation invested in the second phase of Orlando work, the development of the production system capable of exploiting the SGML markup for delivery on the Internet.

Inso Corporation provided the Orlando Project with an in-kind grant of software.

The Orlando Project Team is moved by, and grateful for, personal donations from Don Buchanan and Shirley and Christopher Head.

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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