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Wendy Wall awarded MLA Prize for The Pulter Project

December 14, 2020

Wendy WallCongratulations to Professor Wendy Wall (English and Kaplan Institute) for winning the twelfth Modern Language Association Prize for Collaborative, Bibliographical, or Archival Scholarship for The Pulter Project: Poet in the Making.

Along with co-founder Leah Knight (Brock University), Wall directs this open-access digital edition of the works of 17th-century poet Hester Pulter. The MLA committee commended the project for offering access to Pulter's canon and "the subsequent critical activity that has attended it as a window onto the scholarly editing process itself." They cited it as "an exceptional example of textual and digital scholarship that is committed to being public-facing."

The Pulter Project was devised as a tool for testing how a digital format can materialize innovative principles of editing. Central to the project is collaborative research and inquiry with scholars from across the Anglophone world, and the MLA award highlighted the focus on these efforts to emphasize process and materiality over authority and determination. 

Wendy Wall is Avalon Foundation Professor of the Humanities, Charles Deering McCormick Professor of Teaching Excellence, Professor of English, and former Director of the Alice Kaplan Institute for the Humanities.

The prize will be awarded to Wall and Knight on January 9, 2021 during the MLA's annual convention, to be held online.

Read the full press release here.

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