Beyond Access: Early Modern Digital Texts in the Classroom (workshop)

A Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama Faculty Workshop, June 20 – 24, 2016

The release of the EEBO-TCP phase one transcriptions has created a range of new opportunities for students, college faculty, and libraries to engage with early modern texts. The Folger’s Digital Anthology of Early Modern English Drama takes advantage of the EEBO-TCP transcriptions and their enhancement by Martin Mueller’s Shakespeare His Contemporaries project to create lightly-encoded documentary editions of early modern non-Shakespearean professional drama. In June 2016, a weeklong workshop will be convened at the Folger to explore pedagogical applications for the Digital Anthology’s texts and resources. The Digital Anthology is funded by a grant from the NEH Division of Preservation and Access.

With the guidance of visiting faculty experts, a select group of college faculty participants will explore classroom applications for digital playtexts, investigating the pedagogical value of digital editing as well as the use of digital editions as resources for other modes of scholarly inquiry. Participants will reflect on the role of DH tools and methodologies in literary and historical analysis, as well as the critical digital literacy skills that students need to master to take advantage of new digital editions—or make them. While experience with digital editing is not required, successful applicants will most likely be specialists in one or more of the following areas: early modern drama, editorial theory, book history, or digital humanities.

Among the questions visiting faculty will pose and consider with participants: How can digital editions allow us—and our students—to encounter early modern plays in new ways? How can student interpretation, through multimedia contributions and editorial activities, enhance digital editions? How do we involve students in the creation and curation of digital humanities resources, as well as their consumption? What editorial principles, history of the book and print culture, or literary factors are significant properties of a text that must be represented in a digital edition? How can libraries use digital editions to encourage students to engage with their physical holdings?

Beyond Access Schedule PDF

Visiting Faculty


  • Paul Castagno, Professor, University of North Carolina-Wilmington
  • Louise Geddes, Assistant Professor, Adelphi University
  • Jennifer Holl, Assistant Professor, Rhode Island College
  • Andy Kesson, Senior Lecturer, University of Roehampton
  • Bernadette Myers, PhD Student, Columbia University
  • Ann Pleiss Morris, Assistant Professor, Ripon College
  • Jennifer Royston, PhD Candidate, Michigan State University
  • Adam Rzepka, Assistant Professor, Montclair State University
  • Sarah Scott, Assistant Professor, Mount St. Mary's University
  • Michael Pierce Williams, PhD Candidate, Carnegie Mellon University
  • Mary Erica Zimmer, PhD Candidate, The Editorial Institute, Boston University


This project is designed for teachers of American undergraduate students. Graduate students with such experience or opportunities are strongly encouraged to apply. Qualified staff at university digital humanities centers, libraries, and other organizations may compete provided they can persuasively make a case for their opportunities to advance the teaching and research goals of the workshop. Applicants must be United States citizens, residents of U.S. jurisdictions, or foreign nationals who have been residing in the United States or its territories for at least the three years immediately preceding the application deadline. Foreign nationals teaching abroad at non-U.S. chartered institutions are not eligible to apply.

Selection Criteria

The most important selection consideration is the likelihood that an applicant will both contribute productively and benefit professionally. The committee will assess this from the conjunction of several factors, each of which should be addressed in the application essay. These factors include:

  1. your qualifications to make a contribution to the institute, especially your ongoing research and/or digital projects;
  2. your teaching history and discussion of how this workshop may be applicable to potential classes; and
  3. an overview of what you hope to take away from this workshop and an indication of its relation to your teaching, your current research, or your envisioned projects.

Stipend, Tenure, and Conditions of Award

The twelve individuals selected to participate in this institute will each receive a stipend of $875, which is based on the maximum allowed NEH per diem of $125/day for seven (7) days in residence. Stipends are intended to help cover travel expenses to and from Washington, DC, and living expenses for the duration of the period spent in residence. Stipends may be reported as taxable income. Applicants should note that the stipend may not cover all living expenses. Foreign nationals who are admitted will be required to complete additional paperwork and in some cases may face withholding on their stipends in accordance with U.S. law.

Application Deadline: 1 March 2016