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Hilary Christine Havens
University of Tennessee, Knoxville (Knoxville, TN 37916-3801)

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$6,000 (approved)
$6,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
6/1/2016 – 7/31/2016

From Manuscript to Print: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel

A book-length study of how 18th-century British novelists revised their works, using new digital software that recovers deleted text from manuscripts.

My planned monograph, “From Manuscript to Print: Revising the Eighteenth-Century Novel,” recovers and analyzes material from major novel manuscripts and post-publication revisions in order to construct a new narrative about the eighteenth-century creative mind. 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, which in the eighteenth century often occurs in complex response to family and friends, to readers and editors, and to an author’s own previous texts. Many of my insights arise from my development of new digital paleographical methodologies to recover deleted text.