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Author Biography

Committed to a technologically- and publicly-informed critical pedagogy, Tonya Howe is an Associate Professor of Literature at Marymount University who teaches widely at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Her research focuses on 18th-century British cultural studies, embodied performance genres, and digital humanities. Among other things, she is currently working on an open-access, collaboratively-produced digital anthology project, Novels in Context.

Abstract

WWABD: What would Aphra Behn—world traveler and spy, playwright and poet of scandal, innovator of novelistic forms—do, were she to imagine a future for digital humanities in period-specific scholarship? This essay outlines a vision for the DH section of Aphra Behn Online: An Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. In particular, I see three important and interrelated places for development: theorizing the feminized labor of digital recovery, editing, and textual preparation; offering thoughtful and feminist approaches to digital pedagogy that are specific to the work we do in the period; and critically assessing the absences in existing digital projects. Our digital future needs to foster flexibility, experimentation, and intersectional thinking.

Keywords

digital humanities, intersectionality, intersectional futures, Aphra Behn, long eighteenth century