Geospatial Analysis: Women Printers in the Early 18th Century

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For this geospatial analysis project, I wanted to learn more about women printers in the early eighteenth century—I was really interested in using a historical map, and this seemed like an interesting avenue. Where did women in the print trades work? How many were there? Were they located centrally, or marginally, geographically speaking? I did …

Mary Toft Lives

Our final show just wrapped! This summer, I've been working with the amazingly talented Jon Gann to produce a Capital Fringe 2016 show on the famous "Rabbit Woman of Godalming," who gave birth to a series of rabbits--in parts--over the course of a few months in 1726. It was a song cycle, each song in …

ASECS 2012 Proposal: Student-Curated Web Archives and the Practice of Public Scholarship

This is the proposal for my 2012 ASECS talk; I'll post the full (and very different) piece soon! The process of creating sound public knowledge shares a great deal with the knowledge-making procedures in the arts and humanities.  These procedures include interpretation, judgment, imagination, and expression….  In this respect, then, the humanities scholars are natural …

Some Omeka Tips and Tools

What is Omeka? Essentially, Omeka is an open-source and extensible software tool that allows you to create digital archives and collections of resources. For instance, a museum might want to create an accessible web-based repository of some of their collections in a way that makes research (or just more information) about them possible without being …

Abject, Delude, Create

"Abject, Delude, Create: The Aesthetic Self-Consciousness of Early Eighteenth-Century Farce." Restoration and Eighteenth-Century Theatre Research (Volume 25 Issue 1) Abstract: In the early eighteenth century, farce was a much-maligned form of theater, in part because of its over-indulgence in the corporeal. This essay seeks to re-conceptualize the significance of farce by examining its self-conscious spectacularization …

Elements of Literary Study: The Physics of Writing about Literature

EN200 has thus far been rather consumed by close discussion about the literature we've read thus far--I've been attempting to model some methods of analysis, as well as to stimulate debate and discussion. We are moving into our first major assignment, now, and I feel we've got a good set of basic vocabularies and discourses …

Finishing Moll Flanders

As we wound up our discussion of Moll Flanders on Wednesday, I was especially interested to note student's investment in ethical questions--both those raised by Moll herself, and those raised by our reading of Moll. I briefly raised the "surprised by sin" argument, and we considered whether it could be applied to Defoe's novel. Our …