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.
- Anne Coldiron — Marie Krafft Professor of English
Late-Medieval and Renaissance literature with specializations in French-English literary relations, translation, and early printing.
- François Dupuigrenet-Desroussilles — Professor of Religion
History and ethnography of religion with a research focus on the history of the Christian Bible in Medieval and early modern Europe, and religious visual poetry of the Baroque era.
- 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 — Assistant 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
- David L. Gants — Associate Professor of English
Descriptive and analytical bibliography; the history of the book with specialization in the evolution of the book trade from 1450–1700 to the current digital transformation.
- John Garcia — Assistant Professor of English
History of the book in America, seventeenth through nineteenth century, with specializations in book trade history and subscription publishing. Nineteenth-century popular culture, especially cheap print and illustrations. Critical theory, focusing on materiality and media.
- 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.
- Gary Taylor — Chair of the Department of English & Marie Krafft Professor
Founding director of the History of Text Technologies Program, whose specialties include editorial theory, printed and manuscript texts of early modern drama, and the history of publishing.