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  • Theory vs HistoryPrimary Sources vs criticism


  • 1. Seminar 6 The Rossetti and Blake Archives
    Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts
    MDST 3703 / 7703Fall 2010
  • 2. Business
    Quiz 1will be returned Thursday
    Syllabus out of synch
    09-21 Valley of the Shadow
    09-28 Rossetti and Blake
    10-05 Tibetan Himalayan Library + Dante
    Do you want due before or after break?
  • 3. Review
    Valley of the Shadow and The Differences Slavery Made
    Extensive collection of primary sources
    Primarily hierarchical with controlled hypertext
    Categories not exposed
    Open narrative is a mode of writing, not of history per se
    We may say that history is not “monocausal”
    Open narrative associated with emergent properties of complex systems
  • 4. Structure of TDSM
  • 20. Overview
    Today we look at literary projects that focus on images
    And we name the genre—Thematic Research Collections
    Move from Structure to Use
  • 21. PLAN
    What are critical opportunities?
    What are the scholarly primitives?
    Selection, Organization, Synthesis
    Discovering, Annotating, Comparing, Referring, Sampling, Illustrating, Representing
    The Stack of Scholarship
    How do TRSes address these?
  • 22. Radiant Textuality
    “The Mutation of Theory to Practise”
  • 23. Dueling Victorianists . . .
    from … Theory to History
    Criticism to Sources
    Text to Library
  • 24. Hierarchy considered OK …
    "Hierarchies can be determined and need not be determinate" (RT, 385)
    Where have we seen this?
  • 25. “We must begin experimenting with the critical opportunities that these new media hold out to us.”
    What are some “critical opportunities” of hypertext that McGann cites?
  • 26. Incompleteness
    (entails activity . . .)
  • 27. Scholarly Primitives
    A list of irreducible “functions” associated with the activities of scholarship
    Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing
    Basic “moves” in the game of scholarship
    Compare to the Memex Man
    Discusses interfaces designed at IATH to meet these needs
    Where do they belong in our scheme?
    Selection  Classification  Synthesis
  • 28. The Stack of Scholarship
    Illustrating Representing
  • 29.
  • 30. Thematic Research Collections
    Coined by Unsworth in 2000
    Developed by Palmer in article
    Based on real examples of hypermedia collections
    How are TRCs different from books? Libraries?
    How do they relate to the Stack of Scholarship?
  • 31. The Rossetti Archive
    One of two original IATH projects
    Focused on the works the Pre-Raphaelite poet and painter Dante Gabriel Rossetti (1828–1882)
    Art history and literary criticism
    Improved search(cross-site)
    Bread crumbs
  • 32. Getting to BoccaBaciata
    Find the painting, BoccaBaciata
    Search [image records]
    What do you do when you get there?
    How is the site structured?
  • 33. BoccaBaciata1859
  • 34. The Blake Archive
    Example of networked fellows at IATH
    Morris Eaves, University of Rochester
    Robert Essick, University of California, Riverside
    Joseph Viscomi, University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
    Image fidelity
    Image search (iconographic classification)
  • 35. Getting to Tyger
    Find illustrations of Tyger
    Image Search  Animal  Tyger
    What do you do when you get there?
    How is the site structured?
  • 36. Exercise
    Compare Rossetti and Blake archives in terms of the primitives and the stack of scholarship
    What devices and techniques are used to support each aspect of scholarship?
    Are the sites functional as research portals?
    Break up into 4 groups
    Group A: Scholarly Primitives in Rossetti
    Group B: Scholarly Primitives in Blake
    Group C: Comparing for Comparison
    Group D: Comparing for Contextual Mass
    Assign a scribe and a reporter
    Scribe writes post and tags with 09-28 Exercise
  • 37. Summary
    Thematic collections are designed to support the activities of scholarship
    Not just reading (as in books)
    Not just finding (as in libraries)
    But are they effective in doing so?
    Test: What do you do when you find something?