The Women’s Print History Project, 1750-1836 will be the first comprehensive bibliographical database of women’s contributions to print for one of the most convulsive periods in both women’s and print history. Data from print bibliographies and digital databases will be used to generate new quantitative understandings of women’s involvement in print culture. The database, which will be made publicly available for use by other researchers, will enable rigorous quantitative analysis of patterns in women’s print history, building upon the extensive body of qualitative scholarship on women’s literary history that has been produced over the last half century.
Some of the questions to be posed of the data include: How did women’s print output change over time? How likely were women to publish more than one book in their lifetimes, and how often did books reach second editions or more? Did particular publishers print more women than others? How often did women change publishers over the course of their careers? What social networks were formed through women’s engagement with publishers, printers and each other? How might we better understand women’s contributions to the history of print in a variety of roles (as authors but also as co-authors, editors, translators, patrons, engravers, or booksellers)?
Please direct any inquiries about the project to Michelle Levy at email@example.com.