Kate Ozment deposited Expanding Access: Feminist Scholarship and the Women in Book History Bibliography in the group LLC Restoration and Early-18th-Century English on MLA Commons 5 years, 4 months ago
Inspired by my work on the Women in Book History Bibliography, this presentation takes a different angle on discussions of women’s texts in digital archives. The WBHB collects secondary sources on women’s writing and labor over a broad range of languages, subjects, geographic locations, and time periods. Because we collect secondary sources, we do not quite fit into the community of digital archives that collect and present women’s texts. Yet, we are intricately connected to these resources; we face comparable challenges of funding and longevity, appeal to similar audiences, and ultimately share a philosophy of increased access and scholarship on the same set of texts. This presentation outlines the bibliographic connection between databases of primary sources on women’s writing and secondary-source databases like the WBHB. I conclude that such projects go beyond forwarding feminist scholarship and in face preserve it.