MSA 18: Codex Industries

I’m excited to be presenting my work on the Armed Services Editions at this year’s Modernist Studies Association annual conference (and also excited to escape to Southern California in November!). My friend Alex Christie has organized a panel on Modernist Codex Industries, with four really fantastic papers addressing issues of modernism and media theory, with a dash of DH.

Panel Abstract

While modernist scholarship has documented the formal relationships between literature and film, it has yet to attend to production methods that move between book printing and mass media. While Edisonian innovations in the mechanical reproduction of sound and sight marked the emergence of old media as an industrial product, equal revolutions in the apparatuses of print production—including the introduction of the linotype and the rotary press—transformed the printed word into an industrial commodity. Continue reading

Launching the Armed Services Editions: A Computational Analysis

I am happy to announce the launch of my CHI Project, The Armed Services Editions: A Computational Analysis. On my page, users can navigate through three “Data Narratives”: simple analyses that I conducted to answer critical questions about these data. The Gender Data Narrative considers the distribution of gendered pronoun usage throughout the corpus, and features a basic foray into LDA topic modeling. The Genre Data Narrative considers the types of books that were sent to servicemen, and how the generic representation of books may have shifted over time. Finally, the Geography Data Narrative the geographic imagination of the corpus– both domestic and internationally– with NER.

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MLA 2017 : Digital Holland and Community-Based DH

I’m happy to announce that my paper, “Digital Holland and Community-Based DH,” has been accepted to MLA! This panel, “Local Digital Humanities” is organized by the MLA Forum on Digital Humanities. I’m excited to be sharing my work at Hope College– and, more importantly, the work of undergraduate Mellon Scholars.

Paper Abstract

Digital humanities has been celebrated for its emphasis on collaborative research. Yet DH’s transformative collaborative ethos is restricted to institutional spaces—within the university, between universities, or in formal academic communities—and at large research universities. Continue reading

Politics and Form : The Armed Services Editions

As a CHI Fellow, I’m undertaking a large-scale text analysis of the Armed Services Editions, a collection of novels sent to US Soldiers during WWII to “fight the war on ideas,” to consider issues of politics and literary form. I first stumbled on the Armed Services Editions a few years ago, while researching Ernest Hemingway’s The Sun Also Rises. You may recall Jake’s description of Robert Cohn, early in the novel:

He had been reading W.H. Hudson. That sounds like an innocent occupation, but Cohn and read and reread “The Purple Land.” “The Purple Land” is a very sinister book if read too late in life…For a man to take it at thirty-four as a guide-book to what life holds is about as safe as it would be for a man of the same age to enter Wall Street direct from a French convent, equipped with a set of the more practical Alger books.

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MSA 17: Modernism In/And The Contemporary

I’m excited to announce a panel for MSA 17, “Modernism In/And the Contemporary.”

In the context of modernism, modernity, and modernist studies, “revolution” is commonly associated with change, upheaval, and rupture. This panel considers “revolution,” in another sense: return, circularity, cyclical recurrence. As David James and Urmila Seshagiri note in their eponymous “Metamodernism,” contemporary fiction recycles and remixes modernism with great implications for modernist studies. This panel considers the ways that modernism—as a concept, a historically defined period, a series of aesthetic and political commitments—is reshaped by, in, and for the contemporary. Continue reading

LOCUS: “Reading Mansfield Park”

This Thursday, I will be participating in LOCUS, a sort of “lightning conference” sponsored by the MSU Library, LEADR, and the College of Arts and Letters. This is the second LOCUS event hosted this semester, this one focused on text analysis. The goal is that faculty, researchers, and grad students present works-in-progress, or the “seed” of an idea, with other members of the MSU DH community, in hopes that we can receive feedback, share ideas, and build collaborative relationships. Each presenter has 7-10 minutes to present their project/methods/tools.

I’m excited to be presenting on a recent project undertaken by the Essay Group of the DHLC. We’ve been working on a comparative topic modeling project of (a)Mansfield Park and (b)the literary analysis essays written by participants upon leaving the fMRI scanner. I won’t say too much about this here, as LOCUS will be broadcast and I’ll post the slides. But this is a project that is just beginning in the DHLC, and thanks to the work of our fabulous undergraduate researchers (yes, that’s right: they’re all undergraduates), this work has the potential to really open up some fascinating questions about how we read. Continue reading