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25 Figures

Now that I'm back from the MSA16 conference (Tweets here), I'm eager to get back into my DH project. The week before last I completed a list of 25 figures who are going to form my initial test case. I have a spreadsheet that sorts them by type, nation, and some other tags I'm trying out (key works, organizations, etc). As much as I cringe when academics claim to have chosen an example "at random" (surely not, right?), I haven't used a particular criteria to choose these figures: half of them are of the top of my head, and therefore ones I anticipate will be important, but a handful at least are from a list I started making while browsing Wikipedia a month ago -- so less intentionality there.

The next step, as I see it, is to begin to log connections between these figures so that I can then map them. I now need to start making decisions about how exactly I'm going to record these connections. Rather than "level" or "strength" of influence, which I was envisioning when I last wrote, I now see that it's more important to log the type of the engagement: a review, a letter, a citation, a diary entry, a meeting, etc. Ideally I could group these into a handful of types because right now I have 15 and that's too many.

Plenty of decisions to make at the beginning of this type of project, and I'll be dealing with the ramifications of them for a while, so I want to make these choices carefully.

Here's the list of 25:

  1. Henri Bergson
  2. Helena Blavatsky
  3. Edward Bulwer-Lytton
  4. Edward Carpenter
  5. Rachel Carson
  6. Charles Darwin
  7. Hans Driesch
  8. George Eliot
  9. E.M. Forster
  10. Ernst Haeckel
  11. John Scott Haldane (Father)
  12. J.B.S. Haldane (Son)
  13. Richard Jefferies
  14. Carl Jung
  15. Charles Kay Ogden
  16. Charlotte Perkins Gilman
  17. Wilhelm Reich
  18. I. A. Richards
  19. Henry Salt
  20. Jan Christian Smuts
  21. Olaf Stapledon
  22. Arthur Tansley
  23. H.G. Wells
  24. Walt Whitman
  25. Virginia Woolf

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