Nigel Lepianka and Deanna Stover
H. G. Wells published two books based on the games he would play with his children, Floor Games (1911) and Little Wars (1913). These texts represent Wells’ attempts to both describe the rules of the various games he would play with his children using miniature figurines, as well as espouse a theory of the value of games for educational and political purposes. Floor Games and Little Wars are important pieces of gaming history, considering not just their authorship, but their contributions for creating rules that would later be adapted for more popular games such as Gary Gygax’s Dungeons & Dragons. With the rise in game studies as a field within the humanities, so comes the need to present documents important to the field in a responsible, scholarly mode. We are currently creating a digital scholarly edition of Little Wars for the purpose of making an accessible, searchable, and critically engaged edition of the text for scholars interested in games as objects of study, their existence as cultural objects, and the unique properties and logic of games. The project will provide not only a digital facsimile of Little Wars, complete with annotations and a critical introduction to the work, but also a streamlined rule list that will document and organize Wells’ rules and guides in order to aid both scholars and gamers interested in the way Wells intended his games to be played.
This past year Eralda L. Lameborshi, recipient of the Elizabeth Qualls Fellowship, has kept a productive academic agenda that has aided her in her dissertation research and professionalization. Starting in January, 2016, Eralda began her work as a research assistant to Dr. Susan Suleiman, the Visiting Scholar at the Texas Institute for Advanced Studies at Texas A&M. During the course of the fellowship she was able to aid in Dr. Suleiman’s research on an article that she presented at the MLA International Symposium in Düsseldorf, Germany, June 2016. Eralda was also selected as one of two graduate students nationwide to attend a National Endowment for the Humanities seminar on the Ottoman Empire and the Mediterranean world at Georgetown University in Washington DC. During her month-long attendance of the seminar, aside from being immersed in a rigorous intellectual environment, she also conducted research at the Library of Congress, making use of many primary sources found in the archives; this research aided her dissertation writing a great deal. Eralda also presented at the International Comparative Literature Association Congress in Vienna, Austria in July 2016, where she presented research on Eastern European writers relevant to her dissertation research. And finally, Eralda has just returned from attending The English Institute at the University of Chicago, where, prompted by a panel of accomplished academics, she was able to reflect on the idea of Time – the theme of this year’s institute – and how it is an important axis to her dissertation research on the historical novel of Southeastern Europe.