Over the past six years I have had URSS students working on the Shirley project during the summer vacation. I am looking to recruit another URSS student for the summer vacation 2017, and interested students who will probably graduate in June 2017 (though particularly keen second years will be considered) are encouraged to contact me. Details of the scheme are here. Please note that the closing date is likely to be very early in February 2017.
I am working on two research projects at the moment and would be happy to discuss URSS projects in either area.
Professor Carole Levin (Nebraska-Lincoln) and I are compiling a book of essays based on our successful conference from 2016, Representing Sovereignty. We will be looking for editorial assistantship, and this would be an excellent URSS project.
The AHRC-funded "Shirley Project", based at Warwick, Anglia Ruskin and Durham Universities, will produce a 10 volume modernised edition for Oxford University Press of The Complete Works of James Shirley, as well as an old-spelling electronic edition. The General Editors are Eugene Giddens, Barbara Ravelhofer and myself. James Shirley was a (good) playwright, an admirer of Shakespeare if the allusions in his works are anything to go by and wrote successfully for the stage between c. 1628 and 1642. You can find out more about him in the Oxford Dictionary of National Biography.
The summer URSS internship would offer the chance to work with Professor Giddens and me on the project, based in Cambridge University Library for four weeks in August (though timing may be flexible). It would suit a student interested the works of Shakespeare's later contemporaries who is planning to continue their studies at MA level in this area, but students still making up their mind about further study would also be considered. Of the six students who have worked with me on this scheme, all but one has gone on to further study in the field. Three of my four current PhD students held URSS studentships, though only one of them with me.
It would be an advantage to have done EN228: Seventeenth Century or EN353: Early Modern Drama (and enjoyed them) but, again, other experience in this area of study would be perfectly valid. Students on EN330: Eighteenth Century Literature who have a particular interest in the early part of the period or in book history are also encouraged to consider this opportunity. The internship would involve checking of texts for the electronic edition and would also include an introduction to collation, and the opportunity to use these skills on certain of Shirley's plays. A keen eye for detail is the biggest requirement.
You can see some of my past URSS students' work here.