It’s been a pleasure reading about everyone’s diverse projects. I look forward to all the conversations and collaborative work we’ll generate over the coming year.
I am a first year doctoral student in English at the University of Victoria, where I work as a Research Assistant in the Maker Lab in the Humanities and the Electronic and Textual Cultures Lab. I work mainly on projects in the MVP (Modernist Versions Project) and INKE (Implementing New Knowledge Environments). I recently completed my MA from Loyola University of Chicago and earned my BA at the University of Illinois at Urbana Champaign.
I work mainly in modernist studies, textual studies, and projects in the digital humanities. I am also particularly interested in forms of digital pedagogy (a topic I look forward to discussing with other HASTAC scholars). Part of my pedagogical approach uses an exposure to the material contingencies of texts (usually facilitated by digital methodologies) to make students question the influences on their own writing. I’m always enthusiastic to hear about how others are using technology in the classroom, not just as a tool but as part of a deeper teaching strategy.
My ongoing research project seeks to use electronic frameworks to track and evaluate places of aesthetic rupture in modernist texts, which I see occurring as their textual and bibliographic properties multiply in complex and sometimes contradictory ways. I intend to read these fractures in bibliographic and literary structures as instances where modernist texts begin revealing the influence of their historical contexts. I believe that using electronic editions to reveal the bibliographic complexity of these texts will challenge the assumption that books are stable, complete, and unified. I expect challenging that long-held assumption to open up some exciting new spaces for thinking about how books work and what we can do with them.
Part of my own work over the coming year will include data mining, data visualization, and textual markup. I’m looking forward to working with you all and seeing what we build together!