David Gants

Associate Professor
WMS 316
Humanities computing, history of the book, history of text technologies, renaissance literature, descriptive and analytical bibliography

DAVID GANTS, (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997), works on book history at either end of the Gutenberg age, specializing in both the emerging European printing trade 1450-1700 and the current digital transformation taking place in the industry. He also explores the potential applications of computer technology in humanities teaching and research. Dr. Gants joined the FSU faculty in the fall of 2007 as part of the new interdisciplinary History of Text Technologies program.

He serves as the Electronic Editor for the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson, a ground-breaking enterprise that seeks to create a new model for electronic scholarly editing. When published in 2008, the Cambridge Jonson will appear in two distinct but complementary media: a six-volume traditional print edition containing the modernized plays, poetry, and prose, textual annotation and commentary, and full introductions to each work; and a on-line scholarly edition consisting not only of the complete print edition in digital form but also old spelling versions of all texts, facsimiles of the original print witnesses, and large archives detailing Jonson's life, his literary sources, historical documents surrounding the production of his masques, and other resources crucial to an understanding of Jonson's life and works.

In the past three years Dr. Gants has also begun work with a group of international scholars and librarians on the Early English Booktrade Database, a networked electronic resource devoted to the organization and dissemination of physical and descriptive bibliographical statistics for books printed in England 1475-1640. When completed, the Database will work as a quantitative complement to the English Short-Title Catalogue as well as biographical resources such as the British Book Trade Index.

Dr. Gants has served on a large number of boards and committees, including the Executive Committee of the Association for Computers and Humanities, and as the Chair of the Textual and Bibliographical Studies Section of the South Atlantic Modern Language Association. He currently is a member of the Advisory Board for the Oxford Works of Edmund Spenser, the Chair of the Fellowship Committee for the Bibliographical Society of America, and Assistant Editor of the Humanist Discussion List.

PUBLICATIONS

  • An Introduction to Digital Humanities for Students of Literature. Wiley-Blackwell. Projected publication date, 2012.
  • Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. Electronic Editor. General Editors Ian Donaldson, Martin Butler, and David Bevington. Cambridge University Press.
  • "The Printing and Publishing of Ben Jonson's Works." With Thomas Lockwood, in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson. Projected publication date, Fall 2010.
  • "Electronic Texts." Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: A Collection, with R. Carter Hailey. Eds. William R. Bowen and Raymond G. Siemens. Renaissance Society of America, forthcoming 2007.
  • "Editing Drama." Electronic Textual Editing. Eds. Lou Burnard, Katherine O'Brien O'Keefe, John Unsworth. MLA, 2006.
  • "Shifting Modes of Ordered Knowledge in the Early Modern Book Trade." Worlds of Print: Diversity in the Book Trade. Ed. John Hinks. Oak Knoll, 2006.
  • "A Quantitative Analysis of the London Book Trade 1614-1618." Studies in Bibliography 55 (2002; published 2004).
  • "Identifying and Tracking Paper Stocks in Early Modern London." Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America 94 (2000).

Presentations

  • "Digital Challenges Confronting Manuscript Studies in the 21st Century." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. San Francisco, 27-30 December 2008.
  • "The Descriptive Bibliography of Electronic Scholarly Editions." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, 27-30 2007.
  • "Mapping the Socio-Economic Demographics of the Early Modern London Book Trade." With Sarah Neville. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Chicago, 27-30 2007.
  • "Electronic Textual Editing." Panelist. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, 27-30 December 2006.
  • "Printing and Bookselling Preferences of Women in the Early Modern London Book Trade." With Sarah Neville. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, 27-30 December 2006.
  • "Publisher-Printer Collaboration: The Case of Humphrey and Matthew Lownes." The Jacobean Printed Book. London, 2 September 2006.
  • "The Dreamweaver Paradox." Institute Lecture. Digital Humanities Summer Institute. University of Victoria. 22 June 2006.
  • "The Construction and Pedagogical Use of Digital Archives." Workshop leader. Washington University, St. Louis. 22 May-2 June 2006.
  • "From McKerrow to McGoogle: Scholarly Editing as a Meta-Enterprise." Glasscock Lecture, 10 October 2005, Texas A&M University.
  • "At the Intersection of the Virutal and the Material Libraries." (De)Materializing the Early Modern Text. Bath Spa University College, 8 September 2005.
  • "Implementing the TEI." Workshop leader. Washington University, St. Louis. 25-27 May 2005.
  • "The Early English Booktrade Database," with R. Carter Hailey. Renaissance Society of America Annual Conference. Cambridge, UK, 9 April 2005.
  • "Digital Preservation and Electronic Scholarly Editions." Panel chair and organizer. Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Philadelphia, 28 December 2004.
  • "The Plural of Anecdote is not Evidence: The Challenges of Digital Scholarship to a Narrative-Based Discipline." Strode Lecture, 2 November 2004, University of Alabama.
  • "Trade Printers and Publisher-Printers; Reassessing McKerrow's Model of Printing House Economics." The Jacobean Printed Book: Authors, Printers and Readers. London, 2-4 September 2004.
  • "Lists, Inventories and Catalogues: Shifting Modes of Ordered Knowledge in the Early Modern Book Trade." British Book Trade History Conference. Edinburgh, 29 July 2004.
  • "Presswork vs. Composition: Assessing Measures of Printing House Productivity." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Meeting. Lyons, 21-24 July 2004.
  • "To What Purpose Dost Thou Hoard Thy Words? Some Thoughts on the Scholarly Archive." Keynote speaker. Wheaton College, 2 June 2004.
  • "New Technologies and Renaissance Studies." Panel member. Renaissance Society of America Annual Meeting. New York, 1 April 2004.
  • "Synthetic Databases, Idiosyncratic Analyses and Scholarly Editing." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. San Diego, 27-30 December 2003.
  • "Beyond the Catalogue: Building a Bibliographical Addition to the ESTC." COCH/COSH. Halifax, NS, 28 May 2003.
  • "Electronic Editing: Drama." Modern Language Association Annual Convention. New York, 27-30 December 2002.
  • "Through a Glass Darkly: The Strengths and Weaknesses of Optical Collation." South Atlantic Modern Language Association Annual Convention. Baltimore, 15-17 November 2002.
  • "The New Bibliography 2.0." Society for the History of Authorship, Reading and Publishing Annual Meeting. London, 10-13 July 2002.
  • "Bibliography and its Discontexts; or, London Printing 1614-1618." Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting. Miami, 12 April 2001.
  • "Identifying and Tracking Paper Stocks in Early Modern London." Bibliographical Society of America General Meeting. New York, 28 January 2000.

SELECTED AWARDS

  • National Endowment for the Humanities Fellowship, 2005-6.
  • Houghton Library Fellowship, 2005.
  • Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing, 2003-2007.
  • Canada Foundation for Innovation Grant, 2003-5.
  • Hinman Fellow, Folger Shakespeare Library, 2002.
  • Mellon Post-Doctoral Research Fellowship, Newberry Library, 2000-2001.

 
 


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