Academic Writing

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    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)

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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    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…

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