Gephi Patterns

While Gephi seemed easy to start up, it definitely isn’t very user friendly. I may not supposed to be but perhaps I just don’t have enough knowledge about it’s features to make full use of it. I think the biggest problem I had was moving the graph around to get a closer a look at things. The zoom feature was a bit iffy too.

I didn’t recognize any of the nodes that were separated and far from the graph so I didn’t take any note of those. What I did notice was two important clusters.

The first cluster is of T.S. Eliot. It doesn’t look very extensive but compared to a lot of the nodes, this one had a lot attached! It was also close to the center. Obviously Eliot was one of the more important authors.

The second cluster is of the magazine BLAST. The node connections are very numerous. BLAST is connected to many of the modes, showing that it was one of the most important magazines in this graph.

Spatial Analysis

“Networks are made of vertices and edges; plot networks, of characters and verbal exchanges. In plays this works well, because words are deeds, deeds are almost always
words, and so, basically, a network of speech acts is a network of actions. In novels, no,
because much of what characters do and say is not uttered, but narrated, and direct discourse covers only a part of the plot – at times, a very small part.”
It took me a while to understand this passage’s meaning but here’s what I got from it.
What we’ve been working with has been the physical material of literature. Things such as word counts and paragraph spacing. With spatial analysis, we instead analyze the narratives inside the text. Instead of counting words on a page, we count words shared between characters. For example, character A could have 43 words shared with character B and character B could have 72 words said between them and character C. Not only words but character actions are taken into account too. Instead of how many words character A told to character B, how many interactions in general did character A have with B?
This is closer to the humanities side of analysis because we are going into the narrative, but we are not analyzing meanings. Even as I type this out it seems very confusing, but I hope I’m understanding this correctly. The digital strategies such as counting and indexing is applied to the elements in the text instead of the words and paragraphs that the text is made up of. So we’ve gone from the physical material analysis to the internal material of the story but only the surface of the words and the not the meaning behind them.

The Rossetti Archive

(The Rossetti Archive)

Visually, this archive is a bit minimalist in reference to it’s website. Most of the page is taken up by the background while the archive itself is placed to the left. Although it seems simple, the search is actually very extensive! The search can be very specific, down to the date. You can even search for a notable phrase that you may remember from a book or passage and the archive will search for that phrase. There is a tab showcasing what is actually archived there. For example, the archive contains not only poems and books but manuscripts and pictures too!

The archival aspects are obvious in the extensive ways to search for anything in the database. One thing that sticks out to me, however, is the bibliography tab. The tab contains a list of works that have been used and cited throughout the archive. This reminds me of what what said about bibliographies in the Werner/Voss work: “…can benefit from an expanded frame of reference. In the essay, Brown suggests ways in which bibliography and cultural studies may work together. In sum, the theoretical may help shape the material” (from page iv second paragraph). A bibliography may not be used in every situation, but it is significant for research that goes beyond the surface meaning. Without the bibliography, it would be impossible, or at least much more difficult, to trace information back to find it’s original source. The archive contains the information, but where did that information come from? With a bibliography, archives can split of the works it contains into different sources and authors. A bibliography is just a a sub archive of all of the works original sources!

(Group C)

Introduction: Bethany Washburn

Hello everyone. My name is Bethany Washburn. I am a Psychology major and currently a junior. Although I use technology everyday and spend a lot of my time on the computer, I know nothing about the inner workings of it. I use technology for things like playing video games and talking to distant friends. Topics such as coding and programming has always been a little intimidating so it would be nice to learn enough to at least understand the basics.

I’d like to think that what drives me is the idea of getting better at something. That drive is only directed towards things I enjoy however. It’s a nice feeling to be able to notice when you have performed better on a task and to know that your work is giving results. This class covers a topic that I know nothing about. I’ll be starting from the bottom, but by the end of the semester, it will feel satisfying to notice the progress I’ve made. At least I hope I’ll make a lot of progress! Good luck to everyone.