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The Warrior Women Project

A woodcut of a warrior woman

A digital companion archive to Dianne Dugaw's Warrior Women and Popular Balladry, 1650-1850, created at Wayne State University by:

  • Dr. Simone Chess
  • Kelly Plante
  • Erika Carbonara
  • Sarah Chapman
  • Robert Chapman-Morales
  • Bernadette Kelly
  • Lindsay Ragle-Miller
  • Matthew Jewell

The Warrior Women Project is a collaborative experiment in creating a digital home for the 113 “Warrior Women” ballads originally catalogued by Professor Dianne Dugaw for the index of her 1982 dissertation, The Female Warrior Heroine in Anglo-American Balladry.

Though Professor Dugaw published her dissertation research in her monograph Warrior Women and Popular Balladry: 1650-1850 (Cambridge University Press, 1989; reprinted Chicago University Press, 1996), her typewritten catalogue of ballads was never published or archived.

This project digitizes Dugaw’s index, preserving it as both a searchable research tool and a historical record in its own right.

The team at Wayne State further builds on Dugaw’s original catalogue with their own database of the ballads, which enables them to be mapped, sorted, and searched in new ways, and which links each of the catalogue’s 113 ballads with its other online iterations, especially on the English Broadside Ballad Archive (EBBA), Early English Books Online (EEBO) and Eighteenth Century Collections Online (ECCO), as well as its listing in the English Short Title Catalogue (ESTC).

Finally, they are developing their own digital critical edition of the 113 Warrior Women Ballads, with background resources and critical essays that contextualize and analyze the ballads, their history, and their significance in their own moment and today. They have also included some resources for teaching the ballads and some examples of undergraduate student work.

Visit their site here!