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.


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.


Reading afternoon

Here are a few tips for reading afternoon, a story.

  1. Each one of the screens, which we will call “lexias,” has a title. The title is displayed at the top of the application’s window. Making notes of the titles of screens you are reading is one of the best ways to navigate the text and will be how you will have to refer to the text if you choose to write about it.
  2. You can advance through the hypertext’s default path by pressing “Enter” or “Return.”
  3. Alternatively, you can click on linked words to take a different path through the hypertext. That being said, there is no clear way to see which words are linked. If you click on a word, you will always move to a new lexia. But most of the time you will find that this word simply takes you along the default path.
  4. Guard fields within afternoon prevent you from accessing parts of the narrative—either by following the default path or by clicking on linked words— until you have read other parts of the narrative. It is one of the unique features of the Storyspace software.
  5. It is also not unusual to find yourself caught in small loops within portions of the story. Keep reading and notice differences as you go forward. Try to find a way out of the loop.
  6. If you click on the Back Arrow button in the toolbar or hit the “delete” key, you will move return to the previous screen. In this way, you can move backwards through what you’ve read, erasing the progress you’ve made.
  7. If you want to find a specific word that appears somewhere in the text, you can use Command-F to invoke the search function. Double-clicking on a lexia’s name will take you to that spot in the text.
  8. On each lexia, you can view the links that lead out of it by clicking on the book icon in the toolbar.
     Toolbar
    You will see the name of the link (which is not necessarily the same as the word that invokes it), and if you click on a link name and click on “Follow” (or simple double-click), you will move to the new lexia.
  9. Clicking on the “H” button in the toolbar will return you to the opening page of the story.

For our first class on afternoon (29 September), you should spend at least 90 minutes reading the text. Yes, I really mean that.

Don’t get lost.


Finding and Running afternoon

As I mentioned in class, the Woodruff Library has installed copies of afternoon, a story on several different iMacs. You can read it on all the computers in the Matheson Reading Room and those in the Music and Media Library, on the fourth floor. You will need to boot the computers into the Mac operating system. When you do this, however, you will not see an icon for afternoon on the dock.

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