Adrianne Wadewitz (January 6, 1977 – April 8, 2014) Was an American feminist scholar of 18th-century British literature , and has Noted Wikipedian and comment upon Wikipedia , PARTICULARLY is focusing gender issues. In April 2014, Wadewitz died from head injuries from a fall while rock climbing .

Early life

The only child of Betty M., a nurse and attorney, and Nathan R. Wadewitz, a Lutheran pastor, Adrianne Wadewitz was born on January 6, 1977, in Omaha, Nebraska . [2]She graduated from North Platte High School in 1995. [3] Wadewitz Studied English literature and received a degree in English from Columbia University in 1999. [1] In 2011 she Obtained a PhD from Indiana University and est devenu A postdoctoral fellow at the Center for Digital Learning and Research at Occidental College . She was chosen as a Mellon Digital Scholarship Postdoctoral Fellow and a HASTAC scholar. [4]

Academic career


Wadewitz graduated magna cum laude from Columbia University , and later received her masters and doctoral degrees in British literature with a minor in 18th-century studies from Indiana University . [5] She completed Both a master’s thesis , “Doubting Thomas”: The Failure of Religious Ownership in The Age of Reason “(2003), [6] and her doctoral dissertation , ‘ Spare the Sympathy, Spoil the Child:’ Sensibility, Selfhood, and the Maturing Reader, 1775-1815 (2011). [7]

Her dissertation combined her research interests in archival work, children’s literature, and gender studies. In it, Mary Wollstonecraft , Anna Laetitia Barbauld , Charlotte Smith , Maria Edgeworth , and others. She argued that through such reading, the child was supported in the construction of a “sympathetic self” that was “collective, benevolent, and imaginative.” [8] She also argues that the kinds of subjectivity displayed in late eighteenth-century children’s literature challenged “the dominant Lockean model” by drawing upon “Rousseau” S theory of education and the discourse of sensibility to construct a sympathetic self. […] Significantly, this ‘sympathetic self’ was available to both sexes and to children. Unlike other versions of the self based on sensibility, it was not predicated upon femininity. Moreover, maturation did not depend on age, but rather on one’s state of mind; [8] Moreover, through its analysis of “how childhood reading” the reading of ‘adult’ novels by Jane Austen , “It argued that” contemporary readers of Austen would have read her novels ‘didactically’

Digital humanities

In 2009, Wadewitz began putting The New England Primer online, culminating in a permanent online exhibit in 2012, with text and annotated transcriptions. [10]

She published on topics including 18th-century children’s literature, ambiguity in historical scholarship, and use of Wikipedia in the classroom. [11]

Writing about the use of Wikipedia in education, she argued that in addition to traditional writing and research skills, students should develop skills in media and technological literacy. Reflecting on the construction of knowledge; Distinguish between fact-based and persuasive writing; And be aware of authority and legitimacy. She is a graduate of the Faculty of Social Sciences at the University of Ottawa. [11]

Wikipedia editing and advocacy

Wadewitz’s video, “The Impact of Wikipedia”

Wadewitz made her first edit on Wikipedia in 2004, [12] and went on to create articles on female writers and scholars, several of them becoming featured articles . She originally edited anonymously for several years before revealing her gender. [13] She made nearly 50,000 edits in all. [1]

As a major promoter of getting more women to edit Wikipedia to help end systematic bias , [14] she said, “We need more female editors, more feminists, and more editors willing to work on content Related to women. The single most underrepresented group on Wikipedia is married women of color with children. ” [15]

She est devenu increasingly seen as an authority is Wikipedia, and PARTICULARLY on the encyclopedia’s gender issues, and Was Cited by ace Such organisms Such As the BBC . [16]

Wadewitz also served on the board of the Wiki Education Foundation . [16]


Wadewitz enjoyed rock climbing , which she described in 2013 as enabling “a new narrative about herself beyond that of a bookish, piano-playing Wikipedia contributor”: [1] [17]

“I am no longer ‘Adrianne: scholar, book lover, pianist, and Wikipedian’ I am now ‘Adrianne: Scholar, book lover, pianist, Wikipedian, and rock climber. “This was brought home to me most suddenly when I was climbing outdoors here in Sudbury and Suddenly I realized, I used to be the person who said I could not do it. Students to experience-that radical switch and growth.It is an enormous goal and I would love to hear how others work at achieving it with their students. ” [17]


A digital media tribute to Adrianne Wadewitz at Occidental College

On April 8, 2014, Wadewitz, a family-run hotel, is located in the heart of Joshua Tree National Park . [18] [19] Sue Gardner , the executive director of the Wikimedia Foundation , described Wadewitz’s death as a “huge loss” and said she may have been Wikipedia’s “single biggest contributor on … female authors [and] women’s history”. [1]

Obituaries for her Were published in The New York Times , [1] the Los Angeles Times , [2] The Washington Post , [20] The Sydney Morning Herald , [21] and the Corriere della Sera , [12] Amongst others. [22] [23] The Sydney Morning Herald also republished one of her last blog posts, in which she discussed how engaging with a difficult activity had her taught her about helping students with their own difficulties, partly by teaching them to celebrate the little successes The way to a goal. She wrote that, “Ultimately, nothing was more helpful for me than failing repeatedly” And that she wanted her students to realize that failures could be part of learning and were nothing to be ashamed of. [24] The newspaper ABO , which Wadewitz had worked for from 2011 to 2012, dedicated its March 2014 issue to Wadewitz. [25]

Wadewitz is survived by her parents, the Rev. Dr. Nathan R. Wadewitz and Dr. Betty M. Wadewitz, and her partner, Peter B. James. [26]


  • Wadewitz, Adrianne; Gay-White, Pamela (April 2009). “Introduction:” Performing the Didactic ” ” . The Lion and the Unicorn , special issue on didacticism in 18th-century children’s literature . Project MUSE . 33 (2): v-vii. Doi : 10.1353 / uni.0.0457 .
  • Wadewitz, Adrianne (2011). ‘Spare the Sympathy, Spoil the Child:’ Sensibility, Selfhood, and the Maturing Reader, 1775-1815 (Ph.D.). Ann Arbor, MI: Indiana University – via ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Order Number 3466388.
  • Wadewitz, Adrianne; Geller, Anne Ellen; Beasley-Murray, Jon (2013), ” Wiki-hacking: Opening up the Academy with Wikipedia “, in Scheinfeldt, Tom; Cohen, Daniel J., Hacking the Academy: New Approaches to Scholarship and Teaching from Digital Humanities , Ann Arbor, MI: University of Michigan Press , archived from the original on April 24, 2014
  • Wadewitz, Adrianne; Hilson, Mica (January 2014). “A Doctor for Who (m): Queer Temporalities and the Sexualized Child” . Bookbird: A Journal of International Children’s Literature . Project MUSE . 52 (1): 63-76.

See also

  • Gender bias on Wikipedia
  • ” Community mourns passing of Adrianne Wadewitz “, The Signpost , April 9, 2014.


  1. ^ Jump up to:f Cohen, Noam (April 19, 2014). “Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, Wikipedia Editor, Dies After Rock Climbing Fall” . The New York Times . Archived from the original on April 20, 2014 . Retrieved April 19, 2014 .
  2. ^ Jump up to:b Woo, Elaine (April 23, 2014). “Adrianne Wadewitz dies at 37; helped diversify Wikipedia” . Los Angeles Times .
  3. Jump up^ Wetzel, Diane (April 23, 2014). “North Platte grad, 37, Wikipedia editor, dies in climbing fall” . Omaha World Herald . World-Herald News Service. Archived from the original on April 24, 2014 . Retrieved April 27, 2014 .
  4. Jump up^ Davidson, Cathy. “Remembering Adrianne Wadewitz: Scholar, Communicator, Teacher, Leader” . HASTAC. Archived from the original on April 23, 2014 . Retrieved April 23, 2014 .
  5. Jump up^ “Curriculum Vitae of Adrianne Wadewitz” . . Archived from the original on May 24, 2014 . Retrieved April 23,2014 .
  6. Jump up^ Wadewitz, Adrianne. ” ‘ Doubting Thomas’: The Failure of Religious Appropriation in The Age of Reason” . Indiana University . Retrieved April 23, 2014 .
  7. Jump up^ Wadewitz, Adrianne (2011), ‘Spare the Sympathy, Spoil the Child:’ Sensibility, Selfhood, and the Maturing Reader, 1775-1815 , Ann Arbor, MI: ProQuest Dissertations and Theses. Order Number 3466388. Indiana University.
  8. ^ Jump up to:b Wadewitz (2011), p. vi
  9. Jump up^ Wadewitz (2011), p. vii
  10. Jump up^ New England Primerexhibit and analysis, 2012. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  11. ^ Jump up to:b Selected Works of Adrianne Wadewitz , OxyScholar Digital Repository , Occidental College. Retrieved April 21, 2014.
  12. ^ Jump up to:b Marta Serafini (April 21, 2014). “Addio ad Adrian Wadewitz, paladina delle su su Wikipedia” . Corriere della Sera. Archived from the original on April 27, 2014 . Retrieved April 27, 2014 .
  13. Jump up^ Wholf, Tracy (May 18, 2014). “‘Wikipedian’ editor took on website’s gender gap” . PBS NewsHour . Archived from the original on May 19, 2014 . Retrieved May 21, 2014 .
  14. Jump up^ Heffernan, Virginia (December 27, 2014). “The Lives They Lived – Remembering some of those we lost this year” . The New York Times . Retrieved December 30, 2014 .
  15. Jump up^ Mehrotra, Karishma (March 26, 2014). “Universities ‘re-write’ Wikipedia to fill holes, include women” . USA Today . Archivedfrom the original on April 21, 2014 . Retrieved April 20, 2014 .
  16. ^ Jump up to:b Garrison, Lynsea (April 7, 2014). “How can Wikipedia woo women editors?” . BBC News Magazine . BBC . Archived from the original on May 23, 2014 . Retrieved April 21, 2014 .
  17. ^ Jump up to:b Wadewitz, Adrianne (August 12, 2013). “What I learned as a student in the class” . HASTAC. Archived from the original on April 25, 2014.
  18. Jump up^ Albrinck, Jennie (April 1, 2014). “Busy Weekend for Search and Rescue at Joshua Tree National Park” . Joshua Tree National Park . Archived from the original on April 24, 2014 . Retrieved April 24, 2014 .
  19. Jump up^ Newkirk, Barrett (April 18, 2014). “Wikipedia editor Adrianne Wadewitz dies in Palm Springs” . The Desert Sun . Archivedfrom the original on April 19, 2014 . Retrieved April 18, 2014 .
  20. Jump up^ Elaine Woo. “Adrianne Wadewitz, Wikipedia contributor, dies at 37” . The Washington Post . Retrieved April 30, 2014 . (Republication of the Los Angeles Times article)
  21. Jump up^ Cohen, Noam (April 25, 2014). “Adrianne Wadewitz: A persnickety, fact-obsessed Wikipedia editor” . The Sydney Morning Herald . Sydney. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014 . Retrieved April 29, 2014 . (Reprint of the New York Timesobituary)
  22. Jump up^ Eg “Dr. Adrianne Wadiwitz” Fort Wayne, Indiana Newspapers, April 23, 2014.
  23. Jump up^ Editorial (May 3, 2014). “Adrianne Wadewitz: Seizing the power of Wikipedia” . Boston Globe . Archived from the original on May 4, 2014 . Retrieved May 3, 2014 .
  24. Jump up^ Wadewitz, Adrianne (April 25, 2014). “How Adrianne Wadewitz learned to embrace failure” . The Sydney Morning Herald . Sydney. Archived from the original on May 24, 2014 . Retrieved April 30, 2014 .
  25. Jump up^ Runge, Laura (May 12, 2014). “Adrianne Wadewitz, 1977-2014” . ABO: Interactive Journal for Women in the Arts, 1640-1830 . ScholarCommons; University of South Florida . 4 (1) . Retrieved May 19, 2014 . On behalf of all the editors, I dedicate this issue to her memory.
  26. Jump up^ “Adrianne Wadewitz, 37, remembered” . Occidental Weekly . Retrieved 6 July 2015 .

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