Katherine D. Harris, an
Assistant Professor in the
Department of English and Comparative Literature,
San José State University, specializes in Romantic-era and
nineteenth-century British literature, women’s authorship, the
literary annual, textuality and hypertextuality. Many of these
issues are addressed in her article, "Infusing
Bibliography and Book History with Hyper-Textuality: A Course
for Undergraduates," an online supplement to the print
materials. Harris’ most recent article, "Fantasies of
Containment: Archiving Moments in Cyber- and Real-Life,"
addresses the gaps among hypertextuality, hyper-archives,
digital literature and cyber-identities. Her previous article on
literary annuals establishes the genre as a distinct mode of
cultural history: ‘"Feminizing the Textual Body: Women and their
Literary Annuals in Nineteenth-Century Britain" (Publications
of the Bibliographical Society of America. 99:4 [Dec 2005]:
573-622). She edits an online resource for the study of literary
Forget Me Not: A Hypertextual Archive of Ackermann's
19th-Century Annual which will also become part of her
most recent work, a comprehensive literary history of British
annuals. With Laura Mandell, Virginia Jackson, Eliza Richards
and Harry Hootman, she edits
The Poetess Archive, an online resource focusing on both
British and American nineteenth-century authors. The
accompanying Poetess Archive Journal currently contains
articles by all editors, including Harris’ article "Borrowing,
Altering and Perfecting the Literary Annual Form – or What It is
Not: Emblems, Almanacs, Pocket-books, Albums, Scrapbooks and
Gifts Books" (The
Poetess Archive Journal
Katherine Harris' faculty page at SJSU
Jennifer is a graduate student in
English & Comparative Literature at San José State University.
During the Fall 2006, Jennifer worked on the Forget Me Not
project and performed proofreading, transcription of literary annuals
and creating bibliographic descriptions. She completed proofreading the
transcriptions (for some information from each Forget Me Not
volume 1823-1846) created by the previous graduate assistant, Amy
Leonard. These transcriptions contain the information of the publisher,
printer, title page, preface, list of embellishments, and the table of
contents. She was also able to complete a full transcription of the
Forget Me Not literary annual from 1831 (over 300 pages of text).
Finally, she completed brief bibliographical descriptions for
twenty-three Forget Me Not annuals and full bibliographical
descriptions for eleven Forget Me Not literary annuals:
1823-1825, 1828-1831, and 1835-1838. Jennifer alerted Harris to
the plethora of Gothic short stories in the 1831 Forget Me Not, a
discovery that has resulted in a book chapter being added to the history
of literary annuals that Harris continues to compile. Jennifer
will return as a Graduate Assistant in Spring 2007 to assist with
further research on the literary annual.
Amy is currently pursuing her Masters in English Literature at San
Francisco State University. Amy was responsible
for transcribing, scanning and cataloguing various contents of 25 Forget Me
Not volumes as archive quality images and TEI-ready text documents.
She spent May-July 2006 scanning
each page and boards
using a tabletop book scanner (over 700 images). Amy's work generated the
acquisition of over 700 images in TIFF using Adobe Photoshop.
She catalogued bibliographic
details and tracked scanning workflow in MS Access database (over 700 entries).
In addition, she transcribed poetry, prose, fiction, title pages, table of contents
and table of embellishments using Transcription Protocol specific to the project.
Amy was instrumental in starting the project with such a substantial
number of images.