EdRLS

The New Edinburgh Edition of the Collected Works of Robert Louis Stevenson

EdRLS receives funding from Royal Society of Edinburgh

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We’re delighted to announce that a bid submitted to support EdRLS earlier this year to the Royal Society of Edinburgh was successful. The bid was entered into the recently launched RSE Arts & Humanities Major Research Grants competition, which makes awards of up to £175,000 provided by the Scottish Parliament in order to support ‘investigations in Scotland that will lead to advances in creativity, intellectual insights and knowledge that are of value to the research community and of use in wider social contexts’ [RSE website].

We are grateful to the RSE, whose generous support will ensure that the EdRLS team will be able to generate a sizeable quantity of volumes in our first phase, while maintaining the highest scholarly and production standards.

Terms of the funded project
Running from April 2011 to March 2014 and directed by Penny Fielding (Edinburgh) and Anthony Mandal (Cardiff), the grant of just over £150,000 will assist the development of the Edition’s infrastructural mechanisms and directly support the publication of 13 volumes of our first wave, as well as contributing to various digital resources and events over the next three years.

In this funded phase of the project, the editorial team will bring out Collected Essays (5 vols), The Dynamiter, St Ives, The Amateur Emigrant, Prince Otto and a volume of Stories. Three further volumes, Weir of Hermiston, Kidnapped and Catriona, will also be far advanced at this stage and the transcriptions of their manuscripts deposited in our publicly accessible online archive.

At the centre of this phase is a 5-volume set of Stevenson’s essays, brought together and indexed for the first time. It is through the essays that we can trace Stevenson’s connections with the world of Scottish, British, European and American culture.  Stevenson wrote essays throughout his life, often reflecting his journeys from Scotland to Europe, America, and the Pacific, and in them we can trace his reviews, commentary and analysis of the state of literature, and the importance of other international cultural figures.  By bringing the essays together with notes and introductions we will demonstrate how Stevenson develops as a Scottish writer of global importance. As well as more famous volumes like Kidnapped, we will bring back into print important neglected works, many not in print for nearly a century. Among others, The Dynamiter, a blackly comic account of terrorism in London, and Prince Otto, a novel that sets Stevenson in traditions of European writing, will be made available to readers in a modern edition for the first time.

In addition, we have assembled an international team of scholars, a programme of knowledge transfer that recognises Stevenson as a popular author as well as one of huge importance to the history of literature, and will use the latest advances in digital scholarship to create an accurate, scholarly and readable edition. The grant will greatly enhance our infrastructural base by funding the employment of a postdoctoral researcher for 30 months part-time, as well as subsidizing assistance by postgraduate researchers.

Further support will be provided by the grant in a number of key areas: ICT equipment and software for digitization and production of the final texts; development of a website to accompany the printed edition; travel costs for various personnel; knowlegde transfer workshops at the National Library of Scotland and the Writers Museum.

About the RSE
The following is taken from the RSE homepage:

The Royal Society of Edinburgh (RSE) is an educational charity, registered in  Scotland. Independent and non-party-political, we are working to provide public benefit throughout Scotland and by means of a growing international programme. The RSE has a peer-elected, multidisciplinary Fellowship of 1500 men and women who are experts within their fields.

The RSE was created in 1783 by Royal Charter for ‘the advancement of learning and useful knowledge”. We seek to provide public benefit in today’s Scotland by:

  • Organising lectures, debates and conferences on topical issues of lasting importance, many of which are free and open to all.
  • Conducting independent inquiries on matters of national and international importance.
  • Providing educational activities for primary and secondary school students throughout Scotland.
  • Distributing over £2 million to top researchers and entrepreneurs working in Scotland.
  • Showcasing the best of Scotland’s research and development capabilities to the rest of the World.
  • Facilitating two-way international exchange to enhance Scotland’s international collaboration in research and
    enterprise.
  • Emphasising the value of educational effort and achievement by encouraging, recognising and rewarding it with scholarships, financial and other support, prizes and medals.
  • Providing expert information on Scientific issues to MSPs & Researchers through the Scottish Parliament Science Information Service.
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Written by Anthony Mandal

24/05/2011 at 9:18 pm

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