Born in Winnipeg on November 27, 1942, Ian Lancashire received his B.A. (1964) at the University of Manitoba and his M.A. (1965) and Ph.D. (1969) at the University of Toronto. He joined the Department of English at Erindale College as Lecturer there in 1968. While serving as Assistant Professor (1969) and Associate Professor (1974), he specialized in Renaissance drama, joined Records of Early English Drama in 1975 as project bibliographer, and for several years was discipline head at Erindale. On the publication of Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain in 1984, he became a full Professor. With the support of the University and IBM Canada, he founded the Centre for Computing in the Humanities in the Faculty of Arts and Science in 1986 and directed it for ten years, stepping down in 1996. During this period Lancashire was a co-developer of two text-analysis programs, MTAS and TACT, hosted the first joint International Conference of the Association for Computing in the Humanities and the Association for Literary and Linguistic Computing, and did bibliographical work in humanities computing. He then turned to edit free educational resources on the World Wide Web: Representative Poetry On-line (1994-), the Early Modern English Dictionaries Database (1996-99), Canadian Poetry (1996-), Renaissance Electronic Texts (1996-), and the University of Toronto English Library (1997-). He teaches poetry, computer applications, science fiction and fantasy, and Shakespeare at New College.
Ian Lancashire and Anne Begor Lancashire married on May 25, 1968, and have three children, Susannah Cannie, David Begor, and Ruth Matilda. His recreations include golf and travel.
- Computer-Based Chaucer Studies. Ed. Ian Lancashire. CCH Working Papers 3. Toronto: CCH, 1993. PR 1939 .C66
- Early Dictionary Databases. Ed. Ian Lancashire and T. Russon Wooldridge. CCH Working Papers 4. University of Toronto: CCH, 1994. P 327 .E27
- The Early Modern English Dictionaries Database (EMEDD). Comp. Ian Lancashire. Toronto, 1996-99.
- Synchronic corpus linguistics papers from the sixteenth International Conference on English Language Research on Computerized Corpora (ICAME 16). Ed. Carol E. Percy, Charles F. Meyer, and Ian Lancashire. Amsterdam: Rodopi, 1996. PE 1074 .5 I56
- Lancashire, Ian. Dramatic Texts and Records of Britain: A Chronological Topography to 1558. Toronto and Cambridge: University of Toronto Press and Cambridge (England) University Press, 1984. Z 2014 .D7L12 1984 General Reference Robarts Library. QA 76 .9 T48L36 1996 Gerstein Library
- --. The Humanities Computing Yearbook 1989/1990: A Comprehensive Guide to Software and Other Resources. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. Z 699.5 .H8H85
- --, in collaboration with John Bradley, Willard McCarty, Michael Stairs, and T. R. Wooldridge. Using TACT with Electronic Texts: A Guide to Text-Analysis Computing Tools, Version 2.1 for MS-DOS and PC DOS. New York: Modern Language Association of America, 1996. With CD-ROM.
- -- and Willard McCarty. The Humanities Computing Yearbook 1988. Oxford: Oxford University Press, 1989. Z 699.5 .H8H85
- Presutti, Lidio, and Ian Lancashire. Micro Text-Analysis System (MTAS). Version 1. 1985. Version 2.0. March 1988.
- Renaissance Electronic Texts. Toronto, 1996-.
- Research in Humanities Computing 1. Ed. Susan Hockey, Nancy Ide, and Ian Lancashire. Oxford: Clarendon Press, 1991. AZ 105 .R47 Robarts Library
- Two Tudor Interludes. The Interlude of Youth and Hick Scorner. Ed. Ian Lancashire. The Revels Plays. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 1980. PR 2411 E6 Robarts Library
SOURCES FOR CAREER
- Canadian Who's Who 1999. Toronto: University of Toronto Press, 1999.
- Personal Web page.