Early English Text and Corpus Studies (EETACS)

The EETACS (Early English Text and Corpus Studies) project was established in 1995 with the purpose of furthering Finnish –Russian scholarly cooperation in two main areas. One is to chart and study the medieval and early modern manuscripts and printed books of English provenance in the libraries and archives of St Petersburg. Valuable results have been obtained in this area and part of them have already reached publication. The second main aim is to encourage corpus-based historical study of English in St Petersburg by giving courses in the use of electronic corpora, by organizing seminars and by giving individual supervision to Russian postgraduate students.

Nature of the cooperation

It would probably be misleading to call EETACS a project; it is rather an umbrella term listing some objectives shared by the signatory institutions. Unlike a project, it has no funding in the sense ordinary research projects have, nor does it have a defined end date after which the results would be critically assessed. Funding has mostly consisted of travel money received from a number of sources available at the University of Helsinki.

Participant institutions

  • The Department of English and Translation of St Petersburg State University
  • The Department of English of the University of Helsinki (Department of Modern Languages, English Philology 2010-)
  • The St Petersburg Department of Foreign Languages of the Russian Academy of Sciences
  • The Library of the Russian Academy of Sciences

Recent and ongoing work

One important aspect of the EETACS collaboration is editing manuscripts held by St Petersburg libraries. Leena Kahlas-Tarkka and Matti Kilpiö are presently working on an edition of three manuscripts of Ann Bathurst’s religious meditations. The edition will cover the whole of the fragmentary autograph kept in the Bodleian Library and the corresponding passage in the fair copies housed in the library of the Russian Academy of Sciences and the Bodleian Library. 

Guillaume Coatalen (University of Cergy-Pontoise, Paris) is in the process of editing autograph letters of Queen Elizabeth I in the National Library of Russia for the VARIENG eSeries.

The most recent result of EETACS collaboration with Russian scholars is volume 9 of the eSeries of VARIENG, Western European Manuscripts and Early Printed Books in Russia: Delving into the Collections of the Libraries in St Petersburg, published in May 2012.

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