On Ignoring Encoding

Lately we’ve seen a spate of articles castigating the digital humanities—perhaps most prominently, Adam Kirsch’s piece in New Republic, “Technology Is Taking Over English Departments: The False Promise of the Digital Humanities.” I don’t plan in this post to take on the genre or refute the criticisms of these pieces one by one; Ted Underwood […]

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Mr. Penumbra, Distant Reading, and Cheating at Scholarship

My Technologies of Text course is capping this semester reading Robin Sloan’s novel, Mr. Penumbra’s 24-Hour Bookstore, which Matt Kirschenbaum deemed “the first novel of the digital humanities” last year. Mr. Penumbra is a fine capstone because it thinks through so many of our course themes: the (a)materiality of reading, the book (and database) as […]

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Representing the “Known Unknowns” in Humanities Visualizations

Note: If this topic interests, you should read Lauren Klein‘s recent article in American Literature, “The Image of Absence: Archival Silence, Data Visualization, and James Hemings,” which does far more justice to the topic than I do in my scant paragraphs here. Pretty much every time I present the Viral Texts Project, the following exchange […]

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Boston DH Consortium Session #3 Breakout Group Notes

For breakout groups in the “Out-of-the-Box” DH Tools session at the Boston-Area DH Consortium Faculty Retreat (Fall 2013): Voyant visit http://voyant-tools.org and upload a text you want to analyse for sample texts you can grab the plain text file from Project Gutenberg. Oxygen/TEI BP download trial version of Oxygen: http://www.oxygenxml.com/download_oxygenxml_editor.html (and sign up for trial account; […]

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Hawthorne Article Published at DHQ

Cross-posted from my “Hawthorne’s Celestial Railroad: A Publication History” development blog at http://ryan.cordells.us/crr/hawthorne-article-published-at-dhq/ While I apologize for the slow updates here of late, I am pleased to report that my article on the reprinting history of “The Celestial Railroad” has been published in the latest issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly. This is a special issue […]

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Creating a Historical Map with GIS

In the next few days I’ll be teaching a few workshops centered largely on teaching participants to georeference historical maps using ArcGIS. I’ll do this first at the Northeastern English Graduate Student Association’s 2013 Conference, /alt, and then at the Boston-Area Days of DH conference we’re hosting at the NULab March 18-19. We’ll be learning […]

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Presentation on Viral Texts

Last week I gave a talk about my current research, “Mapping Networks of Viral Texts in Nineteenth-Century America” for Southern Methodist University’s Dedman College Interdisciplinary Institute. They were kind enough to record and post video of the talk. The video isn’t super-high-resolution, so you can also access my slides on Prezi.

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