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CFP for MLA 2017: Periodicals, Editorship, Race and Ethnicity

Edit August 4, 2016: we’ve been selected for inclusion in the 2017 MLA Convention Presidential Theme, “Boundary Conditions.” Edit May 19, 2016: Accepted! Cross-posted from http://sarahhsalter.net/?page_id=147 This roundtable invites consideration of how acts of collaboration and editorship might perforate historical acts of writing and reading. We thus respond to important recent work on immigrant, Latin@, and African American print cultures that intersect in their attention to periodicals. In doing so, we regard a structural lack—the dearth of Read more…

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13 Wildly Different Digitizations

In 1855, Frederick Douglass revised his earlier narratives for publication under the title My Bondage and My Freedom, published in New York by Miller, Orton & Co. It sold well and many copies survive today in university libraries and archives. A good number of those institutions have digitized their copies to wildly different results. Browsing all of these copies, I noticed some pretty big visual differences between all of the digitized versions I found. So I gathered Read more…

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Where were Slave Narratives Published?

Earlier, I tried using topic models and social networks to get a big-picture view of the collection of North American Slave Narratives provided by Doc South Data. Now, I’m curious to learn: where were slave narratives published? (Note: the map takes a second or two to load)   View larger map

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Topic Network of Slave Narratives, part 2

 (click the image to view the interactive network page) Yesterday I put up the first version of a graph of slave narratives, but I wanted to take a second, closer look. On the second go-around, I improved the layout and the labels a bit, so that they now display the names of the author of each book-node. Today I wanted to take a closer look at some of the features in the graph. The first thing Read more…

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Topic Networks of Slave Narratives, part 1

Sometime earlier this year Documenting the American South released DocSouth Data, a data portal for their online collections. DocSouth Data makes it easy to download the entirety of their collection of slave narratives. DocSouth has long been a guiding light and inspiration for us over at the Colored Conventions Project. (We’re starting a crowd-sourcing project to create downloadable texts like DocSouth, but more about that another time.) Their collection of slave narratives has always struck me as one of Read more…

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Top 10% Most Active Twitter Accounts (on Friday) at #2014ASA | NodeXL & Gephi

The American Studies Association started their annual conference yesterday in sunny Los Angeles. I’m not there, but I have been watching the conference on Twitter today–lots of cool, smart stuff. Below is a graph of the top 10% most active Twitter accounts, as of Friday (11/7), out of the 700+ people tweeting at or about the conference. I managed to collect ~4100 tweets that use the conference’s hashtag, #2014ASA, using the surprisingly easy import function in NodeXL. I then filtered and colored Read more…

By Jim, ago