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Faculty Colloquium Series: Amy Earhart (ENGL) 04/6/2021

A Compromised Infrastructure: Digital Humanities, African American Literary History and Technologies of Identity “

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Dr. Amy Earhart
Associate Professor, English, 2020-21 Glasscock Internal Faculty Fellow


This paper is part of a longer book project which puts the database and the anthology, both central and seemingly naturalized infrastructures, in conversation to reveal the ways in which both impact meaning of race and gender. Utilizing DAPLA, a database of 100 years of American and African American literature anthologies, to reexamine seemingly settled issues of canon through anthology production and the rise of the digital, the project reveals that we are actually retreating from broad representations of American literature.  Drawing on critical algorithmic scholarship and employing multiple lenses of data, digital tools, and analysis, the monograph considers how we might utilize the structure of a database, the discrete columns, the regularized vocabulary, and the algorithmic manipulations of that data to better represent and interpret literary history through digital humanities’ techniques.

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