Author Biography

Committed to a technologically- and publicly-informed critical pedagogy, Tonya Howe is an Associate Professor of Literature at Marymount University who teaches widely at both the graduate and the undergraduate levels. Her research focuses on 18th-century British cultural studies, embodied performance genres, and digital humanities. Among other things, she is currently working on an open-access, collaboratively-produced digital anthology project, Novels in Context.


WWABD: What would Aphra Behn—world traveler and spy, playwright and poet of scandal, innovator of novelistic forms—do, were she to imagine a future for digital humanities in period-specific scholarship? This essay outlines a vision for the DH section of Aphra Behn Online: An Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830. In particular, I see three important and interrelated places for development: theorizing the feminized labor of digital recovery, editing, and textual preparation; offering thoughtful and feminist approaches to digital pedagogy that are specific to the work we do in the period; and critically assessing the absences in existing digital projects. Our digital future needs to foster flexibility, experimentation, and intersectional thinking.


digital humanities, intersectionality, intersectional futures, Aphra Behn, long eighteenth century