My dissertation project, titled "'This, reader, is no fiction': The Rhetorical Uses of Reader Address in the Nineteenth- and Twentieth-Century Novel", employs text analysis tools to examine the frequency and variance of reader address in a corpus of over 3000 nineteenth- and twentieth-century Anglophone novels, conceiving of such instances as important rhetorical moments that lend insight both into how authors characterize themselves and how they conceive of their reading public.
Gender and Action:
As the coordinator for the Nebraska Literary Lab I worked on and led a series of projects that examine the relationship between character gender and character behavior in 3500 nineteenth-century novels. The study found a strong correlation between character gender and action: a machine trained model was able to correctly guess the gender of a character based on the action the character was performing 81% of the time. You can read more about this work in the Journal of Cultural Analytics
Cather's fiction and correspondence are filled with rich and evocative descriptions of place. This project uses GIS to explore the relationships between Cather’s personal, first hand experiences of place and her references to places in her writing. In order to accomplish this, I extracted all of Cather's references to real geographic locations in 1500 of her letters and six of her novels. I then created digital, interactive maps that allow users to visualize the differences between Cather’s actual travels and her fictional references to geography. You can read more about this work in the volume, In the Country of Lost Borders: New Critical Essays on My Ántonia edited by Stéphanie Durrans.
The Willa Cather Archive:
For the last four years I have had the opportunity to work for the Cather Archive as an editorial assistant. My duties have included encoding documents in TEI, scanning manuscripts, writing annotations, helping with design choices, and training new staff. My efforts have been focused on The Complete Letters of Willa Cather, a project to digitize and publish 1500 of Cather's letters, the majority of which have never before been published. Please check out the Cather Archive to learn more about this exciting project.
The Walt Whitman Archive:
As an assistant editor for the Walt Whitman Archive, I worked mainly with XSLT to organize the Archive's materials and improve the website's interface. I was also involved in processing manuscript images and working on TEI encoding. The Whitman Archive is one of the most established digital archives available and I was fortunate to work with and learn from their team. Please check out the Whitman Archive to learn more about the materials they have to offer.
The William Blake Archive:
While working as an editorial assistant at the Blake Archive, I had the exciting opportunity to work with one of Blake's most challenging works, The Four Zoas. As an unfinished manuscript, this work presents several editorial challenges including multiple layers of revision. As an editorial assistant I worked both on encoding and interface approaches for handling these complexities. This work was the subject of my Master's Thesis: "Editing Blake's Chaotic Interface: Digital Approaches to William Blake's VALA/The Four Zoa's".
I have contributed regularly to Watershed, an independent blog of critical theory by graduate students. The blog posts on a diverse set of issues, including biopolitics, ecocriticism, feminist theory, and contemporary social issues. My own posts often dealt with themes connected to new media theory, such as textual materiality and possession, the expansion of the cannon, and video games. To read more, check out the Watershed Blog. If you would like to read my posts, please select my name from the list of tags on the right hand side of the blog's home page.