• Academic Writing

    A Digital Archive for Disability Studies

    These are lines that shocked me, made me squirm, made me think. I’ve organized them (and one image) here. “We assume we know it when we see it.” (Price, pg. 92) “It also accounts for the existence of so called ugly laws — municipal ordinances that bar people from public spaces on the grounds that their appearance is offensive and poses undue legal liabilities.” (Siebers, pg. 70) “As a symbol of the deformed medicine man, I am a medium to other dimensions.” (Moore as cited in Kuppers pg. 63)

  • DH Project Writing

    Plotting and Scheming, or Outlining

    This is how my project will be laid out on my WordPress. The pages will be in the header under “The Key(word) to the Madwoman’s Attic.” The pages will be: Introduction First Point: Gilbert and Gubar summarization Second Point: DH context and feminist discourse Third Point: How my argument situates itself within the discourse and opens possibilities Argument: Sourcing keywords from Gilbert and Gubar’s close reading methods and translating that content into focused-distant reading, data-driven methods proves that one does not need to have read or perform laborious close reading to prove that female-authored books of the 19th century concealed intensely feminist narratives revolving around independent protagonists who were characterized by their…

  • DH Project Writing

    The Key(word) to the Madwoman’s Attic — Project Proposal

    For my seminar project I will be creating a digital essay — featuring some visualizations — that I am going to build out of my existing WordPress; you will notice the beginnings of it on my website now as I begin playing around with how I want the format to appear/the usability of it. I am going to create multiple different pages under the “The Key(Word) to the Madwoman’s Attic” tab. The pages will likely be as follows (though this is subject to change): Introduction, Sources, Methods, Results and Analyses, Conclusions, and, finally, Bibliography. I will be embedding static images for my visual component so there should be no problem…

  • The Key(Word) to the Madwoman's Attic


    In 1979 Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar published their seminal piece of feminist literary criticism: The MadWoman in the Attic. Through application of close reading, historicization, and critical theory, Gilbert and Gubar constructed an argument that insisted the works of 19th century women writers could be understood as veiled projections of the authors’ own “quest for self-identification” (76). “Locked into structures created by and for men,” trapped women writers had to learn how to navigate an inherently hostile terrain, all the while never losing sight of “the fact that they needed to communicate truths which other (i.e. male) writers apparently never expressed or felt” (Gilbert and Gubar 74-75). However,…

  • DH Project Writing

    A Day in the Life of a Dataset

    For my final project, my dataset is as follows: Set 1 — books mentioned in Gilbert and Gubar: Jane Eyre by Charlotte Bronte Wuthering Heights by Emily Bronte The Tenant of Wildfell Hall by Anne Bronte  Sense and Sensibility by Jane Austen Pride and Prejudice by Jane Austen  Set 2 (first control) — books not mentioned by Gilbert and Gubar (but that I argue will prove their theory nonetheless): The Wide, Wide World by Susan Warner (sentimental) Lady Audley’s Secret by Mary Elizabeth Brandon (gothic) Marriage by Susan Ferrier (domestic fiction) Set 3 (second control) — books not mentioned and by male authors: The House of the Seven Gables by Nathaniel Hawthorne A Tale of Two Cities by Charles Dickens…

  • Academic Writing

    Do We Really Need Data?

    In his article, “The Bechdel Test and the Social Form of Character Networks,” professor Scott Selisker discusses the benefits of applying the Bechdel Test, in the form of network creation, to literary analysis. A professor of English at Arizona State University, Selisker situates his DH scholarship not only with the DH realm, but also within traditional literary studies; he puts the two in conversation with one another (as good literary DH does!).  Selisker’s main argument is that applying the Bechdel Test to the formation of character networks can provide quantitative data that will help empirically legitimize — and thus impart political importance upon —  otherwise overlooked literary analyses that prove women…

  • DH Project Writing

    Project Concept: Gilbert, Gubar, and DH

    I recently read a selection from Sandra M. Gilbert and Susan Gubar’s book, The Madwoman in the Attic. In the second chapter they make the argument that 19th century women writers used insidious stylistic techniques to affirm their opposition to the patriarchy. These were typically images of madwomen, confined spaces, or art. Gilbert and Gubar propose that these were not “isolated eccentricities” (Gilbert and Gubar 72) but rather common plots found in 19th century women’s writing, which were purposefully placed to defy and critique the patriarchy. These examples were not inherent to one genre, but can be found among most all 19th century women’s writers, both Gothic and domestic. Gilbert and Gubar take a…

  • Academic Writing

    Review: “Network Theory, Plot Analysis”

    “Network Theory, Plot Analysis” is an article written by Franco Moretti, a digital humanities scholar and English professor currently teaching at Stanford University. Within the digital humanities world, Moretti is a prominent figure, having coined the term “distant reading” in his 2000 article “Conjectures on World Literature.” He then went on to publish an entire book on the subject, aptly titled, Distant Reading. His idea for scanning large corpus of texts to find and analyze large bodies of literature (without having to read thousands and thousands of novels) has become a cornerstone of DH. (Moretti Conjectures on World Literature) “Network Theory, Plot Analysis” proposes the creation of visual networks to study plot. What Moretti…

  • Academic Writing

    Search and Assess

    When it comes to classic novels, I have a penchant to reach for the gothic romances… and by that I mean the Bronte sisters. Wuthering Heights is undoubtedly one of my favorite novels (I have multiple copies of it and whenever I travel for long periods of time I take one with me; it’s a comfort thing!). While I have a bias to Emily’s novel, I love Charlotte’s Jane Eyre as well. And Anne Bronte’s Agnes Grey is another masterpiece that often gets overshadowed by her sisters. Call me crazy but there is nothing quite as charming as a dreary setting, a somewhat haunted house, and a moody male. There’s a beauty in the dark language…

  • Academic Writing

    A Brief Look at Three Scholars

    As I begin creating my own online persona, I thought it best to investigate how other scholars go about presenting themselves to the digital world; via these examples I hope to be able to refine my own blog. The first scholar I looked at was Lauren F. Klein. Her website is titled: “Lauren F. Klein: Digital humanities, data science, and early American literature.” Her landing page is clean and well-organized, providing a visual of her and stating a bit about herself. It seems that her landing page functions as a brief About Me page, which leads me to wonder what more is said on her Bio tab. The Bio page is nicely…