Ashley M. Clark
This article offers a case study in the creation and metamorphosis of a corpus of transcriptions intended for web publication. It discusses a process for encoding, proofing, and publishing a collection of brief periodical documents (largely reviews) on the subject of authors published in the Women Writers Project’s established Women Writers Online corpus, as part of an initiative investigating the transatlantic reception of early women’s texts. Both encoding and publication in the initiative, Cultures of Reception, were driven by the particular characteristics of this collection and the importance of establishing links to the existing materials in Women Writers Online. This article discusses steps that the Cultures of Reception team took to prepare the encoded texts for publication—including development of a web-based tool systematizing human intervention—and then explains the goals and design of Women Writers in Review, the interface that is used to publish these texts.