Victorian Women Writers Project
- Host: Indiana University
- URL: http://www.dlib.indiana.edu/collections/vwwp/
- Main language: English
General description: The Victorian Women Writers Project
(VWWP) was begun in 1995 at Indiana University under
the determined leadership and editorship of Perry
Willett. The VWWP was celebrated early on for exposing
lesser-known British women writers of the 19th century,
writers whose popularity did not make the transition
into the 20th century or inclusion in a literary canon.
Originally the VWWP focused on poetry, but soon Willett
acknowledged the variety of genres in which women of
that period were writing—novels, children’s books,
political pamphlets, religious tracts and so on. Thus
the collection was expanded to include genres beyond
poetry and so the VWWP grew until about the turn of the
twenty-first century, ultimately including
approximately two hundred texts as part of the
Quiet since 2003, the VWWP is pleased to be back with an expanded purview that includes women writing in the nineteenth century in English beyond Britain. As before, the project will devote time and attention to the accuracy and completeness of the texts, as well as to their bibliographical descriptions. New texts, encoded according to the Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) P5 Guidelines, will adopt principles of scholarly encoding, facilitating more sophisticated retrieval and analysis.
The approximately 200 original, online
texts that are currently part of the Victorian Women
Writers Project (VWWP) were produced by transcription
and originally encoded in the Standard Generalized
Markup Language (SGML) following the Text Encoding
Initiative (TEI) Guidelines, version P3, using the TEI
Lite DTD (version 1.6).
In an effort to bring the encoding up to date, the original SGML, TEI P3 files were transformed to XML, TEI P4. Aspects of the encoding that were not conducive to automatic mapping and transformation were updated manually. In 2009, the TEI P4 version of the files were transformed yet again to the most current version of the TEI P5, which also required manual intervention to address aspects lost in translation, and also to conform to the newly revised Best Practices for TEI in Libraries. The VWWP texts now rely on a custom W3C schema.
Copyright information: Indiana University makes no claim of
copyright to the original texts, which have been
published before 1923 and are, therefore, in the public
domain. Permission is granted to download, transmit or
otherwise reproduce, distribute or display the original
texts so long as the header is included in its
Indiana University makes a claim of copyright only to original contributions made by the Victorian Women Writers Project participants. All other use, including but not limited to commercial or scholarly reproductions, redistribution, publication or transmission, whether by electronic means or otherwise, is strictly prohibited without the prior permission of the copyright holder.
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