Dr. David Gants

Associate Professor of English
416 Williams Building
English Department Profile

David L. Gants (Ph.D., University of Virginia, 1997) publishes on bibliographical, textual, and technological matters, and was the Electronic Editor of the Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (Cambridge University Press, 2012) as well as it's on-line companion (Cambridge University Press, 2014). He is currently the Editor of The Papers of the Bibliographical Society of America, a leading journal in the fields of printing, publishing, and book history.

Dr. Gants joined the HoTT program to teach and pursue research in the technologies of textual transmission from Gutenberg through the Internet revolution, with a special emphasis on the material practices of printers and publishers. In the HoTT program, he has taught such courses as The Book as a Material Object, The History of the Book, Introduction to Digital Humanities, Electronic Scholarly Editing, and has co-taught Editorial Theory from Jerome to JSTOR with Prof. Gary Taylor. He has also helped teach Descriptive Bibliography at Virginia's Rare Book School since 1993.

Active in international bibliographical and editorial projects, Dr. Gants is on the Executive Board of English Short-Title Catalogue-North America, the Advisory Boards of the New Oxford Works of Shakespeare and Oxford Works of Edmund Spenser, Textual Advisor for the Oxford Works of James Shirley, and Associate Editor of the Blackwell Encyclopaedia of Book History.


Dr. Gants’s recent HoTT-related publications include:

“Mine of Debt: William White and the Printing of the 1602 Spanish Tragedy . . . with new additions.” In Shakespearian Authorship: A Companion to the New Oxford Shakespeare (forthcoming 2015).

“The Texts of the 1616 Folio (F1).” In The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson Online (Cambridge UP, 2014)

“The 1612 Don Quixote and the Windet-Stansby Printing House.” In The Creation and Re-creation of Cardenio: Performing Shakespeare, Transforming Cervantes (Palgrave, 2013).

“The Printing and Publishing of Ben Jonson’s Works.” With Thomas Lockwood, in The Cambridge Edition of the Works of Ben Jonson (Cambridge UP, 2012).

“Descriptive Bibliography and Electronic Publication,” Essays and Studies 2010.

“Electronic Texts.” In Renaissance Studies and New Technologies: A Collection, with R. Carter Hailey. (Renaissance Society of America, 2008).

“Editing Drama.” In Electronic Textual Editing. (MLA, 2006).

“Shifting Modes of Ordered Knowledge in the Early Modern Book Trade.” I Worlds of Print: Diversity in the Book Trade. (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).


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