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An Introduction

 

Hello HASTAC members! I am a doctoral candidate in English and a Woodruff Library fellow at Emory University in Atlanta, Georgia. I specialize in early modern drama, the history of medicine, and disability studies. My dissertation, Muscular Bodies and Formations of Masculinity and Disability in Shakespearean Drama, considers the cultural and gender significations of muscularity in Renaissance drama and how those significations anticipate present-day understandings of disability. My project is built upon readings of early modern physiology manuals, popular pamphlets, and dramatic texts and draws upon post-structural theories of gender and disability.

During my graduate school career, the use of technology in literature and composition classrooms has been a pedagogical topic that I have engaged with in diverse venues. As a freshman composition instructor, I use technology such as podcasts to offer my students a new lens through which they can look at well-known aspects of compositional technique. In the summer of 2012, I began teaching upper-level college literature courses at a state prison through the Georgia State Prison Initiative. I am very interested in combining my interests in digital pedagogy and prison education by talking to members of the HASTAC community about the use of technology in prison classrooms. I look forward to sharing books, articles, and other writing on prison education with the HASTAC network, and I would like to start a conversation in which we consider how teaching in prisons provokes necessary questions about technological accessibility in classrooms.

As a Woodruff Library fellow, my primary duty is to create a website that highlights key pieces in Emory’s vast collection of artists’ books. According to art historians such as Johanna Drucker, artists’ books disrupt the boundary between a work of visual art and a book in that the artist usually chooses to make use of the book format in order to interrogate, criticize, or emphasize the physical qualities and/or common usages of books.  Given the unique nature of artists’ books as both printed materials and art objects, I look forward to the challenges of providing thorough information about these pieces while also highlighting their unique aesthetic characteristics. I’m excited about discussing my experiences with setting up this website and engaging the HASTAC community in questions about digital exhibitions and curation.

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