HoTT brings together faculty in English, History, Information Sciences, Modern Languages, and Religion, among others. Incorporating new faculty hires (made possible in 2007–2009 by the competitive cluster-hiring initiative of Pathways of Excellence), HoTT builds on existing excellence in Text Technologies at FSU. The program focuses chiefly on the history of text and textual communities in Western Europe, especially in the related literatures and cultures of Britain, France, Germany, Italy, and Spain over the last two millennia. In this lengthy story of how texts have evolved and have transformed cultures—from tablet to roll to book to computer and from inscription to handwriting to print to digitization—our focus is on textual production, transmission, transformation, and reception. In our teaching and research, we recognize that new technologies are crucial tools for studying older technologies.
- Terri Bourus — Professor of English
Early modern printers and publishers, editing, the relationships between printed and manuscript play-texts and performance, theatre as a multimedia art form (including music, design, and dance), Irish drama, theatrical and cinematic and radio adaptations of Shakespeare.
- Rachel Duke — Special Collections and Archives Librarian
Active and experiential learning strategies in the Special Collections and Archives classroom; promotion of primary source discovery and literacy.
- Lindsey Eckert — Associate Professor of English
Book History and histories of reception with a specialization in eighteenth- and nineteenth-century England; history of bookbinding; links between “old” and “new” media studies; histories of reading
- S.E. Gontarski — Robert O. Lawton Distinguished Professor of English
- Twentieth-century Irish studies and European Modernism with specializations in contemporary publishing trends and performance theory.
- Sonia Hazard — Assistant Professor of Religion
American religion, book history, and material culture.
- Stephanie Leitch — Associate Professor of Art History
Early modern northern European art prints (woodcuts and engravings, both freestanding and within printed books), and their relationship to emergent global ethnographies and sciences.
- Gary Taylor — Chair of the Department of English and Robert O. Lawton Distinguished University Professor
Founding director of the History of Text Technologies Program, whose specialties include editorial theory, printed and manuscript texts of early modern English plays and poetry, and the history of publishing.