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Hilary Havens

Hilary HavensAssistant Professor
Department of English
Ph.D., McGill University
Project:  From Manuscript to Print: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel

Criticism of the eighteenth-century novel and even work in the burgeoning field of print culture has often neglected the importance of the process of revision, perhaps because the "actual sight of…revisions," according to D. A. Miller, can be "nonetheless as disturbing as if, at the bottom of a vase filled with beautifully arranged flowers, we had caught a glimpse of thin filigrees of blood where the stems had been cut."  But these "disturbing" acts of revision – which in the eighteenth century often occur in complex response to family and friends, to readers and editors, and to an author's own previous texts – are central aspects of the composition process.  This project allows us to think about these authorial decisions in new ways, and many of the insights arise from Dr. Haven's development of new digital paleographical methodologies to recover deleted text.

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