THE ENGLISH RENAISSANCE IN CONTEXT: FACSIMILES ON THE WEB
Erika Lin

The English Renaissance in Context (ERIC) project, directed by Rebecca Bushnell and Michael Ryan, will mount on the web facsimiles of early editions of playtexts and other rare documents from the University of Pennsylvania Special Collections and Furness Shakespeare Library. The project will make original texts accessible to scholars from around the globe and will provide online tools for browsing through and comparing multiple documents. The website will also include a pedagogical apparatus to provide "guided tours" and exercises for students and to show teachers how to use these materials in the classroom. Documents will include sixteenth and seventeenth century texts-such as early quartos of Shakespeare's plays, Holinshed's Chronicles, and Crooke's Mikrokosmographia-as well as later materials such as promptbooks from the eighteenth and nineteenth centuries. Facsimiles for the project, without the supporting tools, are made available as soon as they are ready on the Furness homepage at http://www.library.upenn.edu/etext/furness/collections/furness/index.html. The project is funded by a three-year NEH grant and is scheduled for public access as early as late 2000.


The English Renaissance in Context: Facsimiles on the Web
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