Seminar 6 The Rossetti and Blake Archives Introduction to the Digital Liberal Arts MDST 3703 / 7703Fall 2010
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 MIDTERMS Do you want due before or after break?
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
Overview Today we look at literary projects that focus on images And we name the genre—Thematic Research Collections Move from Structure to Use
PLAN What are critical opportunities? Incompleteness What are the scholarly primitives? Selection, Organization, Synthesis Discovering, Annotating, Comparing, Referring, Sampling, Illustrating, Representing The Stack of Scholarship How do TRSes address these?
Radiant Textuality “The Mutation of Theory to Practise”
Dueling Victorianists . . . Landow McGann from … Theory to History Criticism to Sources Text to Library
Hierarchy considered OK … "Hierarchies can be determined and need not be determinate" (RT, 385) Where have we seen this?
“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?
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
The Stack of Scholarship Discovering Annotating Comparing Referring Sampling Illustrating Representing Activities Collections
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?
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 Innovations Improved search(cross-site) Bread crumbs
Getting to BoccaBaciata Find the painting, BoccaBaciata Search [image records] What do you do when you get there? How is the site structured?
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 Innovations Image fidelity Image search (iconographic classification)
Getting to Tyger Find illustrations of Tyger Image Search Animal Tyger What do you do when you get there? How is the site structured?
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
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?