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May 8, 2014

A Transcription Puzzle: “then She bore Pale desire”, Part 1

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 11:00 am

I am currently in the process of transcribing some of Blake’s manuscript material beginning “then She bore Pale desire” and have run into some difficulty. At the bottom of object 5, Blake adds additional text in a rough hand using pencil. (The majority of the object is covered in brown ink.) I can read the text at the bottom right (which is an addition, the placement of which is indicated by a line). However, there is also what appears to be an abbreviation at the bottom left. I cannot make it out with certainty, and it is not connected to the rest of the text (in any obvious way, at least). (more…)

April 30, 2014

Frankenstein’s Proofing Form

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 12:00 am

By Margaret Speer In my January 15th 2014 blog post, I mentioned that a goal of mine since relatively early in my time as a Project Assistant to the William Blake Archive (sounds so fancy, doesn’t it?) has been to improve upon the Letters Proofing Form. Side by side with this idea was to maybe even create a generalized proofing form that could be useful for all projects, something to be the Queen Mother Proofing Form. This comment caught the attention of the lovely Laura, and thus the monster was born. (more…)

April 23, 2014

The End is Near

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:27 am

The end of the semester, that is. Happy writing and grading everyone!




April 17, 2014

“till the Cold is gone”: Blake, Rochester NY and talking about the weather

Filed under: BAND, Uncategorized — Tags: , , — Laura Whitebell @ 1:23 pm

Being British, one of my favourite pastimes is talking about the weather (usually in a tone of complaint whilst drinking a cup of tea, of course), and I’ve always considered myself to be rather good at it — that is, until I moved to western New York. The Rochester snow makes a bit of British rain seem like a pleasant shower, a February blizzard makes London fog charmingly atmospheric and the dramatic temperature fluctuations make grabbing your coat in the morning as simple as remembering to brush your teeth. This week, for example, has seen alterations in weather from 80 degrees and sunshine to 25 degrees and snow (27° to -3° for our Celsius-loving readers). Anyway, as I was thinking this over, I started wondering what Blake thought about the weather. (more…)

April 8, 2014

Day of DH 2014

Filed under: BAND, Day of DH, Uncategorized — Tags: , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 5:30 pm

Welcome to BAND’s 2014 Day of DH post where we answer the question, “just what do digital humanists do?” (more…)

April 2, 2014

“Just what do digital humanists really do?”: Day of DH

Filed under: Day of DH — Tags: , , , — Laura Whitebell @ 11:00 am

This coming Tuesday (8 April 2014) Team Blake Archive will be participating in Day of DH, an open community publication project for those interested and working in the digital humanities. The idea is to provide some answers to the question, “Just what do digital humanists really do?” by creating a snapshot of everyday life in the world of DH. Along with many others across the world, we will be documenting our day and posting the results on the blog and here.


March 31, 2014

Publication Announcement – Letters (1800-1805)

Filed under: Publications — Tags: , , — Andrea H. Everett @ 8:00 pm

The William Blake Archive is pleased to announce the publication of electronic editions of our second installment of Blake’s letters, the correspondence of 1800-1805, which includes his three years with patron William Hayley in the coastal village of Felpham, West Sussex, and the frightening months leading up to his trial for sedition.

The letters in this group supplement the Archive’s publication in November 2013 of Blake’s illustrations to works by Hayley, including his Essay on Sculpture, the broadside ballad Little Tom the Sailor, (more…)

March 26, 2014

Choice Tags and Attributes in “Blake’s Chaucer”

Filed under: XML — Tags: , , , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

A few months ago, Hardeep wrote a blog post about the importance of the XML element <choice> in our manuscript encoding tag set. The main benefit is for the Blake Archive’s search function to allow users to search for regularized spellings of words that might be abbreviated or non-standardized in Blake’s manuscripts. For example, a user searching for “Tiger” would never be directed to “Tyger” without a choice tag attached to Blake’s non-standard spelling.

Last month, I began the transcription and encoding of a typographic work titled Blake’s Chaucer: The Canterbury Pilgrims. The work is a one-page printed advertisement for a [proposed] Blake engraving of Chaucerian characters, “in a correct and finished Line manner of Engraving, similar to those original Copper Plates of ALBERT DURER, LUCAS, HISBEN, ALDEGRAVE.” Of course, the Blake advertisement here is appealing to the fame of some historically relevant engravers, but the manuscript itself only refers to them in abbreviated/non-standard/anglicized forms.


March 19, 2014

Finding Funding: Grant Writing for Undergrads

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , — Eric Loy @ 11:00 am

By Margaret Speer

Recently, Megan and I (the undergraduate Project Assistants to the Blake Archive at the University of Rochester) applied for Discover Grant funding to support our continued work this coming summer. Without funding, we really won’t be able to participate as much as we do during the fall and spring semesters—possibly not at all. (more…)

March 12, 2014

Blake Archive is now on Twitter!

Filed under: BAND — Tags: , , , , — Eric Loy @ 10:00 am

We’re excited to announce that the William Blake Archive has [finally] arrived on Twitter. You can find and tweet us using @BlakeArchive. (more…)

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