The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing

The Material Cultures of Early Modern Women’s Writing Digital Archive presents online editions of women’s writing that circulated in a variety of forms in the sixteenth and seventeenth centuries. Most of these texts were not published in single, stable and final print editions. Instead, they were read in different versions within manuscript, print and oral cultures in extended publication histories that are visually captured in this archive. This site uses the format of the digital medium to represent a broad range of material cultures in which early modern women wrote, providing high-quality visual images of their texts in manuscript, print and as inscriptions (often in parallel), accompanied by transcriptions, annotations and explanatory paratexts. The result is a collection of online editions that foregrounds the instability and diversity of early modern cultures of textual transmission.