Exploring Duffy’s Poetry in Voyant

If you want to get a head start on exploring The World’s Wife and Mean Time in Voyant, here’s what you need to know.

  1. Choose one of the different tools from Voyant.
  2. Read about how the tool works by clicking on “more documentation.”
    Tools | Hermeneuti ca  The Rhetoric of Text Analysis 1
  3. Click on “use it” when you’re ready to start doing the analysis. The screen you’re taken to will look like this:
    Voyant Tools Reveal Your Texts 1
  4. Paste one of the following URLs for the text that you want to analyze into the text box:
    • Mean Time: http://briancroxall.net/duffy/MeanTime.txt
    • World’s Wife: http://briancroxall.net/duffy/worlds_wife.txt
    • Both volumes together: http://briancroxall.net/duffy/DuffyPoemsFullText.txt
  5. Click “reveal.”
  6. Sit back and think about what you’re seeing.

If you’re interested in thinking about Duffy’s poetry as a whole, using the full text of both volumes combined is the choice you want. If you want to compare MT and TWW, you should consider using two different browser tabs so you can switch back and forth between what you’re seeing.


Final Class Project: Distant Reading Duffy

As promised yesterday in class, I’ve provided the instructions for our final class project: Distant Reading Duffy. Please note that there are things you will need to accomplish before class on Tuesday, namely transcribing the poems you’ve been assigned and starting to explore the Voyant Tools.

And don’t forget that we have no class tomorrow, Thursday, Dec. 1. (As if you would…)


MZD’s new book

I just wanted to point out that Mark Z. Danielewski’s new book project has been written up in The New York Times. 27 volumes. Just be glad you took Intro to DH in 2011 rather than 2014…


Blogging about Duffy

At long last, I’ve posted the final, spelled-out details for what I’d like you to do when blogging about the Carol Ann Duffy manuscript materials in MARBL.


Preliminary Participation Grades

As I said at the beginning of class today, I’ve gone ahead and given you a score for your participation in the class, which you can see in Blackboard. This is the score that you’d receive if today had been the last day of class. I will be erasing these scores by Tuesday, and they will have no necessary reflection on your score at the end of class. This is intended as an opportunity for you to check in on where you are and to think about where you would like to be at the end of the semester.

You can certainly chat with me in office hours if you’ve got questions.


Updates to Digital Humanities Evaluation Project

I’ve made some updates to the Digital Humanities Evaluation Project, specifically to how you will turn in the assignment. You will no longer send me a PDF, instead you will post what you’ve written to the blog. There are a few details to consider in this point, so look at that section of the assignment.


Why Hypertext Never Took Off

An article published Tuesday in Salon visits hypertext like afternoon and asks “Why the book’s future never happened.” It’s short, so take a look at it before Thursday.


Combined Mrs. Dalloway Maps

The work that the whole class did on the Mrs. Dalloway maps was really pretty amazing, and I wanted to be sure that everyone had access to the finished projects. As such, I’ve combined all of the maps into a single KMZ that you can download and compare.

Good work, all!


Reading Assignment Updates for Thursday

Due to our shifts last week, we’re going to make some adjustments in the reading for Thursday.

For your blog post, you must write about afternoon. But don’t think that that means we won’t talk about Carmody.

I’ve updated the class calendar to reflect these changes.


Maps of Mrs. Dalloway

For those who are interested&#8212and honestly, who wouldn’t be?&#8212, you can now download the complete maps that the class made of Mrs. Dalloway.