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Canon, Archive, & Cultural Field: Exploring Victorian Poetry (A Lecture by Natalie Houston)

February 22, 2016 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm

With the advent of large scale digitization, our understanding of literary production, circulation, and reception can expand beyond the contours of the traditional canon to look at the large scale archive. This talk draws on bibliographic data mining and methods of exploratory data visualization to examine the relationships between the literary canon and physical and digital archives and to theorize the field of cultural reproduction in the digital age.

Natalie M. Houston is an Associate Professor of English at the University of Massachusetts Lowell. She is currently writing a book entitled Digital Reading: Poetry and the New Nineteenth-Century Archive, which uses computational methods to explore the cultural function of poetry within Victorian print culture. She recently directed an NEH-funded project to develop VisualPage, a software application to identify and analyze visual features in digitized printed books. She is also a Co-Director and Technical Director for the Periodical Poetry Index, a research database of citations to English-language poems published in nineteenth-century periodicals. Her research on Victorian poetry and print culture has appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry, and the Yale Journal of Criticism.



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