Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT)

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Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT)

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1979-

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The Centre for Editing Early Canadian Texts (CEECT) was established in 1979-1980 by five members of the Carleton University faculty: Robert G. Laird, Robert L. McDougall, Mary Jane Edwards, S.F. Wise, and J. Jeremy Palin. They were later joined by Michael Gnarowski, James Johnston, John A. Stewart, and D. Roland Thomas. Mary Jane Edwards served as the director and general editor of the project from 1979 to present. CEECT is unique from other literary projects in that it was the first project in Canada dedicated to the preparation of scholarly editions of early English-Canadian prose. The project was governed by a Steering Committee, dissolved in 1982 and established as the Editorial Board that same year. Fourteen academic advisors from across Canada also assisted with the project. CEECT had close relationships with several academic departments on campus, including the English Department and the Canadian Studies department, as well with the Interlibrary Loan section of the MacOdrum Library at Carleton University. In 1981 and 1986, CEECT was awarded a five-year Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council (SSHRC) grants. This funding coupled with that contributed by Carleton University and several Canadian foundations allowed CEECT to publish, from 1985-1997, eleven early Canadian canonical texts, with a twelfth work, Le chien D'or/The Golden Dog, awaiting publication for 2008. The twelve texts selected equally represent male and female authors. In 1983, the first "CEECT Conference on Editorial Principles and Procedures" was held at Carleton University out of which several manuals particular to CEECT's editorial procedures were published. In 1993, a second public workshop was held at Carleton University that featured scholars from Australia.

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