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The Cardiff Corvey Project was initially founded to help develop the unique resources which constitute the Corvey Microfiche Edition. It is located within the Centre for Editorial and Intertextual Research (CEIR) at Cardiff University, and currently forms the main focus of development within the Centre, although CEIR does have a broader compass than Romantic Studies. The Corvey Microfiche Edition is complemented by a number of microform archives, as well as the rich collection of books housed in the Salisbury Library, which contains a significant number of Romantic era texts of Welsh interest.

Those working within the Project can hope not only to gain knowledge of the traditional scholarly skills, but also acquire experience in the application of Information Technology in academic research. It has been our policy from the establishment of this programme that the commitment gained from substantial academic training in bibliography and textual criticism should be supplemented by familiarity with the latest technological advances.

The Cardiff Corvey Project, directed by Professor Peter Garside, currently has three full-time Research Associates and a number of postgraduate researchers attached to its programme, examining various aspects of Romantic literature. Ongoing details of this research will be posted regularly in the form of articles and reports.

Developed since 1997, the first phase is complete, and includes information on gender, authorship, impression numbers, translations, etc., enabling detailed statistical analyses of the period to be made. The initial award of a small research grant made it possible to begin a pilot study in February 2000, which would concentrate on aspects of the production and reception of fiction in the Romantic period.
   The second stage of our Database of Fiction 1800–29 project focused on the acquisition of contemporary materials which will provide a more comprehensive context for the primary bibliographical data already available. With the aim of providing a representative and sizeable account of the production, circulation, and reception of early-nineteenth-century British fiction, this phase involved the processing of anecdotal comments, circulating-library catalogues, information on dramatisations, newspaper announcements, publishing documents, reviews, and subscription lists.
   In May 2001, a further grant of over £240,000 was awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB) to extend the database beyond the pilot project, with the ultimate aim of mounting the resource on the Internet, in the form of a freely accessible website. Concluding in late 2004, this project created a comprehensive record of contemporary fiction as it was produced, circulated, and received in Britain during the period 1800–29. The team attached to the project consists of Dr Jacqueline Belanger, Professor Peter Garside (director), Dr Anthony Mandal, Dr Sharon Ragaz, and Professor David Skilton.
  Further details about the project are available by on the following link: More about Database, 1800–29 Project.

In February 2001, a British Academy Large Research Grant of over £18,000 was awarded to CEIR, to support a pilot project entitled ‘The English Novel, 1830–36: A Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles', under the direction of Professor Peter Garside.
  Complementing the recently published English Novel, 1770–1829: A Bibliographical Survey of Prose Fiction Published in the British Isles, ed. Peter Garside, James Raven, and Rainer Schöwerling, 2 vols (Oxford: OUP, 2000), this project represents a further step towards building a comprehensive record of Romantic-era British fiction.
  In collaboration with the Projekt Corvey team (Verena Ebbes, Angela Koch, Rainer Schöwerling) at Paderborn University (Germany), Peter Garside and Anthony Mandal have worked together to provide this freely accessible resource via a dedicated website within Cardiff Corvey.
  The bibliography of approximately 750 titles is available by clicking on the following link: Bibliography, 1830–36.

Since February 1998, a pilot project has been running to analyse the feasibility of converting rare/unique literary works into edited, searchable texts. The project is now entering its second phase, which involves the addition of secondary materials. As a consequence of our scanning project, preparations are underway for a series of facsimile texts on CD-ROM developed in association with Belser Wissenschaftlicher Dienst, the publishers of the original Corvey Microfiche Edition. The texts chosen are likely to feature rare (possibly unique) novels taken from the Romantic era.
  The first stage of this pilot— which was run to test the feasibility of such an endeavour— has been completed: this consisted of converting the basic texts into an appropriate electronic format, and mounting them onto CD-ROM with the appropriate viewing software.
  The second stage, currently under consideration, consists of adding secondary materials to the online texts, such as introductions, biographies, bibliographies, notes, glossaries, etc.
  We are also investigating the feasibility of creating electronic facsimiles of texts on CD-ROM, which would also enable such complex searches to be carried out. As a consequence of our scanning project, preparations are underway for a series of fully searchable electronic editions and are likely to feature rare (possibly unique) novels taken from the Romantic era.
  Further details about the project, as well as a full sample text—available in versions appropriate for internet-browsing and downloading—are available by on the following link: More about the Digitisation Project.

  Automatic collation of variant editions through electronic tools: we are currently investigating the usefulness of collating variant editions of texts (in this case, James Hogg’s Private Memoirs and Confessions of a Justified Sinner). This involves converting print editions into editable text and then processing them in pairs with dedicated software.  The procedure will highlight any differences in the textual matter of the paired files, allowing the speedy location of variants. Initial tests, comparing the results of this automatic collation with traditional line-by-line comparisons, demonstrate that all variations are successfully isolated by this process.

Last modified 2 September, 2005 .
This document is maintained by
Anthony Mandal (Mandal@cf.ac.uk).