AboutMy digital humanities research concerns nineteenth-century book history and visual culture. The production and dissemination of images—illustrations, caricatures, portrait prints—plays a large part in my scholarship. I consider the ways in which image digitization has altered how readers experience these nineteenth-century texts. I focus particularly at the illustrations of popular Victorian novelist H. Rider Haggard (1856-1925) through my work as director and editor of Visual Haggard: The Illustration Archive.
Visual Haggard is a digital archive intended to preserve, centralize, and improve access to the illustrations from Haggard’s approximately fifty novels. The archive is a literary and art historical resource appropriate for both researchers and students alike. Visual Haggard aspires to make all Haggard illustrations readily available in a high-resolution and mobile device appropriate format. Currently, the site contains over 1400 images and receives approximately 1500 page views every month. The archive recently joined the federated sites on NINES, the Networked Infrastructure for Nineteenth-Century Electronic Scholarship.