Dr Christopher Ohge

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Dr Christopher Ohge
Lecturer in Digital Approaches to Literature
Institute of English Studies
Senate House, Room 242
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Research Summary and Profile

Research interests:
Digital resources, Digitisation, English Literature, History of the book, Manuscript studies, Modernism, Palaeography, Philosophy, Romanticism
England, North America, United Kingdom
Summary of research interests and expertise:

Scholarly editing and textual studies; nineteenth and twentieth century literature; digital humanities.

Spoken Written
German Intermediate Intermediate
Publication Details

Related publications/articles:

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01-Jun-2018 At the Axis of Reality: Melville's Marginalia in The Dramatic Works of William Shakespeare, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 20.2 (June 2018)

Journal articles

An examination (co-written with Steven Olsen-Smith and Elisa Barney Smith) of Herman Melville's marginalia in his 7-volume set of Shakespeare using digital analyis techniques.

01-Jun-2018 Introduction: Computation and Digital Text Analysis at Melville's Marginalia Online, Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 20.2 (June 2018)

Journal articles

An introduction (co-written with Steven Olsen-Smith) to a special issue of Leviathan that I guest-edited on using digital text analysis techniques to study marginalia. In addition to co-writing a lengthy article on Melville's marginalia in Shakespeare, I also edited articles on––and wrote R and XSLT code for––Melville's marginalia in Chapman's Homer and Milton.

02-Oct-2017 Melville’s Late Readings and the Revisions in the Billy Budd Manuscript, in Critical Insights: Billy Budd (Salem Press, 2017)


31-Aug-2017 Mark Twain: April Fool, 1884, Scholarly Editing 38 (2017)

Edited Book

A digital edition (co-edited with Leslie Myrick) of April Fools letters written to Mark Twain as part of a hoax perpetrated by the novelist George Washington Cable.

15-Oct-2015 (As associate editor) Autobiography of Mark Twain, Volume 3 (University of California Press, 2015, with etext on marktwainproject.org)

Edited Book

01-May-2014 ‘Lest we get too transcendental’: Christopher Pearse Cranch’s Changes of Mind in ‘Journal. 1839’, Scholarly Editing 35 (2014)


An electronic edition of the Transcendentalist poet and artist Christopher Cranch which also includes draft caricatures of Ralph Waldo Emerson.

01-May-2014 Journal. 1839, by Christopher Pearse Cranch, Scholarly Editing 35 (2014)

Edited Book

Diplomatic transcription of Cranch's journal, with manuscript images.

01-Mar-2014 The Authorship of the ‘F—’ Story, Re-examined, Notes & Queries 61.1 (March 2014).


01-Jan-2012 Melville’s Marginalia in Schopenhauer’s Studies in Pessimism, Melville’s Marginalia Online (2012).

Edited Book

Introduction: <http://melvillesmarginalia.org/intro.aspx?id=42>

Edited Text: <http://melvillesmarginalia.org/Viewer.aspx>


01-Oct-2008 (As co-editor) A Transcription of Melville’s Marginalia in Christopher Marlowe’s Works and Selections from Charles Lamb’s Specimens of English Dramatic Poets who Lived about the Time of Shakspeare, with Steven Olsen-Smith and Dennis C. Marnon. Leviathan: A Journal of Melville Studies 10.3 (October 2008, special issue).


Research Projects & Supervisions

Research projects:

Herman Melville Electronic Library

Currently working on the digital fluid text edition of Billy Budd, Sailor. Also starting to work on the Melville family correspondence.

Mary Anne Rawson’s The Bow in the Cloud and The Network of Anti-Slavery in Britain

 The John Rylands Research Institute - Digital Humanities Project Start-up Grant

Available for doctoral supervision: Yes

Professional Affiliations

Professional affiliations:

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Melville Society


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