Dr José de Kruif, team leader of the Digital Humanities Lab in Utrecht, will develop a tool with international partners that can be used to research 18th-20th century reading practices and experiences in Europe.
In this period people wrote letters and in diaries all over Europe. Researchers within this project are interested in what is written in these documents on publications in this period. José de Kruif: “Think of publications like books, pamphlets and articles. What did people write about a certain book? If you are interested in how a certain text of Rousseau is received this tool can help.”
With this tool researcher can also track down forgotten texts. In the end, it should be possible to enter a publication and see what is written on this publication by whom and when.
Most sources are scattered all over Western Europe and some are not digitalised.