Susan Brown

Susan Brown

Seconded Associate Professor (University of Guelph), Director of CWRC

Phone: 780-492-7803
Email: susan.brown@ualberta.ca
Office: 4-20 Humanities Centre
Office Hours: email or call 780-862-0155

Research Interests

Susan Brown is Director of the Orlando Project, a visiting professor in the Department of English and Film Studies, and professor in English and Theatre Studies at the University of Guelph. She is a Victorianist whose research centers on the application of digital technology to the pursuit of literary history, and spans aspects of text encoding, text mining, interface design, and usability. Recent work has begun to investigate the exploration and visualization of social networks as embedded in semantic encoding. She is fascinated by critical theories of technology, particularly feminist perspectives, and in the impacts of earlier media and technological innovation on modes of literary production. Recent publications include the textbase Orlando: Women's Writing in the British Isles from the Beginnings to the Present (Cambridge, 2006; orlando.cambridge.org), produced collaboratively with many others including Stan Ruecker, and co-edited with Patricia Clements and Isobel Grundy; meditations on when a digital project can be considered "done" for the Digital Humanities Quarterly; and a discussion of Orlando as a project in feminist knowledge representation for Women's Studies International Forum. Her publications on Victorian writing include work on Mathilde Blind, Augusta Webster, and other poets, including an article on The Ring and the Book in the Norton Critical Edition of Robert Browning's Poetry. Current work includes a collaborative SSHRC Image, Sound, Text Technology grant on experimental interfaces. She has supervised graduate research projects and theses on hypertext and on various literary and cultural studies topics.