scribner's.pngmurry.pnglewis.pngcrisis.pngboth.pngoverview.pngThe author and magazine that were the centers of influence were BLAST and Wyndham Lewis. Scribner’s magazine had a large center of influence as well but not as large as BLAST.

While authors had similar connections to the magazines, the magazines seemed to have greater importance. Especially in the case of Wyndham Lewis and BLAST, they have similar connections and are almost exactly the same. BLAST was the one that had more connections.

Murry from the Blue Review had few connections and edges. The Blue Review has more connections than Murry but it does shed light on the fact that they didn’t have a greater impact than some of the larger magazines.

One thing that was unexpected was the impact that the Crisis had didn’t have a large impact on what other people thought. If it did have a greater impact more people would be writing about it and would have more nodes. The amount of nodes from the Crisis was what caused further investigation. The nodes with the most connections are the art rather than the creator that made it. This means that people were more interested in the creation rather than the creator.

Done by Eli Jones, and William Grantham


Network Theory

“The idea behind this study, clearly stated in its opening page, was, very simply, that network theory could offer a way to quantify plot, thus providing an essential piece that was still missing from computational analyses of literature. Once I started working in earnest, though, I soon realized that the machine-gathering of the data, essential to large-scale quantification, was not yet a realistic possibility. (Others, elsewhere, were already at work on this problem; but I wasn’t aware of it). So, from its very first section, the essay drifted from quantification to the qualitative analysis of plot: the advantage of thinking in terms of space rather than time; its segmentation into regions, instead of episodes; the new, nonanthropomorphic idea of the protagonist; or, even, the “undoing” of narrative structures occasioned by the removal of specific vertices in the network.”

-Franco Moretti,  “Network Theory, Plot Analysis”

Overall, I find this quote to demonstrate our transition from digital to humanities. The spatial analysis of literature is different as it focuses on “the qualitative analysis of the plot”, or the look at the connections between all elements in the work to discover how it exists. We have been investigating more technical elements of how a work is conveyed and created but this instead looks into the work’s characters, narrative, and common uses. Therefore, this is a more artistic side of the digital humanities.


The National Training School

The advertisement argued that The National Training School was the best school for African Americans. It said that “in equipment and teaching it is not surpassed by any school.” What caught my attention was that words “surpass” “influence” and “destined.” The fact that a school surpasses the others really solidifies the argument that was originally stated. When it used the other two words it made it sound as if the participants in the schooling would become something great. These key words helped solidify and make a concrete argument along with the examples of classes. Some language that was unique was that it was written to sound like the African Americans were lower class. It stated that it was the best school for African Americans while being mum about whether it was the best in the country for everyone. The language was far from being unifying or uplifting as far as race is concerned. There was a large difference in the language there.

The Jane Austen Manuscript Archive

The Jane Austen Manuscript Archive contains images of original manuscripts by Austen from throughout her life. The objects include manuscripts through an index, an introduction to the general archive, and headnotes for each work. Additionally, there are citations and contact information for research and technical inquiries. The index lists the manuscripts by name and location of the physical document. The manuscripts can also be accessed through a search box for key words to find throughout all of the included manuscripts. It can be noted that the search engine includes each manuscript broken down into how it is archived yet grouped so that they may be searched through individually. All of the objects may be accessed through tabs underneath the archive’s header.

The article by Voss and Werner uses the following to define an archive:

 “This space, inseparable from the ensemble of operations deployed within it, confers order on its contents and creates a system whereby an official record of the past may be preserved and transmitted intact. The archive may be, in effect, a political space, a gendered space, a memorial space.”

Therefore, the Jane Austen Manuscript Archive demonstrates archival theory as it is “a memorial space” that remembers the work of Austen in a way that will allow her legacy to never be forgotten and “preserved and transmitted intact,” since each individual physical copy can’t be accessed as easily. The archive allows the significance of the work to continue through time as technology advances the accessibility of ideas.

“The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock”

The poem “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” by T. S., Elliot is a poem about how the speaker is worried about how other people view him and more importantly, how his lover sees him. The theme of the poem overall is love, a love that drives the speaker crazy. This causes him to be very indecisive about odd things. As an example the speaker asks if he “shall part [his] hair behind? Do I dare eat a peach?” Asking if he should dare eat a peach seems odd but in his defense he is stricken with love for a person and only wants to please them. The beauty of this poem is that it shows the thought process of a person who is in love but doesn’t outright say that the speaker loves the person the poem is meant for. It shows the love by being indecisive. This is why the theme of “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” is about love.

Introduction – Thomas Cox

Hello all. My name is Thomas Cox and I am a junior economics major from Overland Park, KS. I am taking this course to fulfill a Block I. However, I genuinely find technology fascinating and am interested in how technology will change the arts over time. I have used technology in an arts context – my band in high school recorded some demos using recording software. I love playing acoustic guitar, electric guitar and bass guitar, but that is the extent of my artistic creativity.

One of my primary motivators is to help others. I would like to use my economics degree to conclude why inequality is bad, and why more progressive policies are best for the aggregate economy in the long run. Problem solving and using data to reach empirical conclusions are other interests of mine. In my econometrics class we used a regression software called STATA to achieve this.

Intellectual Introductions – Justin Sohl

Hi, I’m Justin. I’m a freshman Computer Science/Mechanical Engineering major(s). I can already tell from the first day of class that I’ll see technology in an entirely different light than I do today. I’ve had a lot of experience with computers and technology in general, certainly more than my parents ever had. I use mine for music, videos, games, and occasionally doing something productive.

As computers get more and more advanced I grow increasingly inspired. It’s amazing to see just how far we’ve come. The other night I was watching Steve Jobs announce the first iPhone and I couldn’t help but laugh out loud when he called the 3.5 inch screen “really big.” But as technology increases in complexity we find ourselves with some very hard questions. Ie: “If a self-driving car runs someone over, who is at fault?” In this class I hope we can appreciate the modern computer’s artistic combination of form and function and, hopefully, address the harder questions.