Elisa Beshero-Bondar, Ph.D.

Program Chair, Digital Media, Arts, and Technology
Professor of Digital Humanities, Digital Media, Arts, and Technology
Office Phone
Office Location
141 Kochel
ERIE, PA 16563

    Employed by the University of Pittsburgh at Greensburg, 2004 - 2020.
    Starting July 2020 at Penn State Behrend as Program Chair of DIGIT and Professor of Digital Humanities with tenure.

    Research Interests

    Digital Projects and Research in Progress

    Digital Mitford: The Mary Russell Mitford Archive: Principal Editor and Organizer of a large international project team, to produce a comprehensive scholarly archive of the complete works and letters of Mary Russell Mitford. Long-term project, deploying TEI XML with data extraction leading to network analyses, maps, versioning of texts, and the production of a searchable database of Mitford's extensive correspondence, an estimated 3,700 letters. Launched April 2013.

    Frankenstein Variorum: Collaboration with Raffaele Viglianti (research programmer at MITH) and Rikk Mulligan (Digital Scholarship library at Carnegie Mellon University) to produce a new collated edition of the 1818, 1823, and 1831 editions of Frankenstein, together with the manuscript notebook published at the Shelley Godwin Archive and the handwritten marginalia of the Thomas copy. Launched October 2016.

    Amadis in Translation (GitHub): Organizer of a project team with Stacey Triplette and Helena Bermúdez Sabel: investigates with TEI XML and XSLT the transformations imposed by translation and adaptations of the 16th century prose romance Amadís de Gaula into French and English over three centuries, beginning with Robert Southeys 1803 English translation. Launched May 2015.

    Digital Archives and Pacific Cultures: Principal Editor and Organizer of a collaborative XML archive, combining research and teaching in Digital Humanities. Long-term project which features data extraction, geocoding, and analysis of cultural information on 18th-century European-Polynesian contact. Project coding includes TEI XML, RelaxNG, Schematron, XSLT, and XQuery, as well as extraction in SVG, KML, and web archive construction in XHTML, CSS, and Javascript. Collaboration of faculty and students from the 2012, 2013, and 2014 Digital Humanities classes at Pitt's Greensburg and Oakland campuses. Launched November 2012.

    Digital Thalaba, Epics and Paratexts: Begun with XML encoding and network analysis of places in Robert Southeys long poem, Thalaba the Destroyer. Discussion of preliminary work. "Starting from Mess: 'Plain' Text to XML for Humanists": book under development, for the series, Coding for Humanists, ed. Quinn Dombrowski and Laura Mandell. Designed to share methods in practical up-conversion from aged and obsolescent data formats, accessible to humanities scholars. Accepted November 2016 and under development.


    A comparative review of The Carlyle Letters Online and The Jane Addams Digital Edition, RIDE: A review journal for digital editions and resources - December 20, 2021

    A Linked-Data Method to Organize an XML Database for Mathematics Education, Balisage Series on Markup Technologies - August, 2021
    Collaborators: Alan Bickel, Author; Tim Larson, Co-Author

    Text Encoding and Processing as a University Writing Intensive Course, Balisage Series on Markup Technologies - August, 2020

    Rienzi (1828) - 2019
    Collaborator: Mary Russell Mitford

    British Romanticism and the Literature of Human Interest by Mai-Lin Cheng, Nineteenth Centry Literature - March, 2019

    A Digital Humanities Approach to Cultural Translation in Robert Southeys Amadis of Gaul - 2018
    Collaborators: Stacey Triplette; Helena Sabel

    Flattening and unflattening XML markup: a Zen garden of XSLT and other tools, Balisage Series on Markup Technologies - 2018
    Collaborators: David Birnbaum; C. Sperberg-McQueen

    Stand-off Bridges in the Frankenstein Variorum Project: Interchange and Interoperability within TEI Markup Ecosystems, Balisage Series on Markup Technologies - 2018
    Collaborator: Raffaele Viglianti

    Teaching Romanticism XXIX: Drama, part 5, Romantic Textualities: Literature and Print Culture, 1780-1840 - July 30, 2018

    Modeling Mary Russell Mitford's Networks: TheDigital Mitford as Collaborative Database - December, 2017
    Collaborator: Kellie Donovan-Condron, Co-Author

    A GitHub 'Garage' for a Digital Humanities Course - 2017
    Collaborator: Rebecca Parker

    Rebuilding a Digital Frankenstein by 2018: Reflections toward a Theory of Losses and Gains in Up-Translation, Balisage Series on Markup Technologies: Proceedings of the Symposium on Up-Translation and Up-Transformation: Tasks, Challenges, and Solutions - 2017

    Recovering from Collective Memory Loss: The Digital Mitford's Feminist Project, Women's History Review - 2017
    Collaborator: Elizabeth Raisanen, Co-Author

    Bailing Out Coleridge: Debts of Gratitude and the Proofing of an Oceanic Poem, The Coleridge Bulletin - January, 2014

    Mitford vs. Hemans: Resisting the 'Omnipotence of Words' - May 30, 2013

    Mitford, Mary Russell, Drama - 2012

    Women, Epic, and Transition in British Romanticism - June, 2011

    Southey's Gothic Science: Galcanism, Automata, and Heretical Socery in "Thalaba the Destroyer", Genre: Forms of Discourse and Culture - 2009

    Romancing the Pacific Isles Before Byron: Music, Sex, and Death in Mitford's Christina, ELH - July, 2009

    British Conquistadors and Aztec Priests: The Horror of Southey's Madoc, Philological Quarterly - 2005

    Diego Saglia, Poetic Castles in Spain: British Romanticism and Figurations of Iberia (Amsterdam: Rodopi, 2000), Comparative Literature Studies - 2002

    Eliza Leslie - 1999

    Nine New Letters of Robert Southey, The Wordsworth Circle - January, 1999

    Sara Hutchinson's Final Hours: A New Wordsworth Letter to Southey, Notes & Queries - September, 1997

    Dante Alighieri - 1996

    John Tyndall - 1996


    Ph D, English Literature, The Pennsylvania State University

    MA, English Literature, The Pennsylvania State University

    BA, English, Washington and Jefferson College