¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 During our last class together, students spoke of their grant proposals, extensions of their data projects, and the digital archives or editions they planned to build. My final project, however, takes a more established route—a twenty-page paper—even as it explores how digital humanities methodologies like quantitative research and visualization afford literary scholars new opportunities to re-envision what I call the procedural arc of their work and new opportunities to critique these methodologies.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 Making this argument set me on a different course than the one I expected after my own presentation. In fact, after Lisa’s suggestion to read W. J. T. Mitchell’s Iconology, I fully expected to discuss the ideological interplay of text and image and how, possibly, it might relate to contemporary digital humanities work in literary studies (my paper examines my own data project and some of Tanya Clement’s scholarship). Instead, I found myself, eventually, turning back to the discussions we had in the opening weeks, namely those that attempted to define the digital humanities. Yes, the digital humanities do involve new tools and new ways of doing humanistic scholarship. And yet they also take these tools and new modes of scholarship as areas of inquiry. How could I describe these developments and impulses and make sense of the changes that the digital humanities have brought to the field of literary studies? For those interested, I’ve posted my paper as a PDF in our group’s files area. Looking forward to next semester.