My name is Katie Belle Curry and I am an English major and rising senior set to graduate in December of 2018. After graduation I will be applying to serval PhD programs that have an emphasis on the digital humanities.
My research topic of interest will be the analysis of narrative styles exhibited in two coming of age novels written between 1915 and 1916. The first is W. Somerset Maugham’s Of Human Bondage which focuses on the progression from childhood through to early adulthood of Philip Carey. The second is James Joyce’s Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man wherein a similar story is told of Stephen Dedalus where the reader follows Stephen’s journey from child to young man. While both novels feature similarities in plot and character, their narrative structures differ wildly. I hope to gain insight into how these apparent differences in narrative structure compare and contrast with one another through the use of digital humanities tools.
These are an overview of projects and papers that I have found that have helped to guide and focus my research for my project.
An analysis of viewpoints by the use of frequent multi-word sequences in DH Lawrence’s Lady Chatterley’s Lover
- In light of my question of comparing two novels I found this project to be an interesting approach for how to make a more precise comparison between the two novels. I really like the idea of perhaps not analyzing the novels as a whole, but looking more at the particular language and actions that each protagonist takes.
A Critical Study of the Form and Structure of D. H. Lawrence’s Novel Women in Love
- My work is particularly focused on the early modernist period between 1914 and 1916 and this project delves into the intricacies of the language that is characteristically employed by writers and artists of this era. It has given me a lot of reference for how to properly pose the question of syntax and language, especially when evaluating the unconventional styles of moderist authors like James Joyce.
How one digital humanist visualized the shapes of 50,000 novels
- One aspect that I have been giving thought to that I had not previously until I met my fellow cohorts, was the look and feel of how I am to represent the information and data that I will gather with my project. This project fascinated me in the way that it was able to represent its data in a visually interesting way that was also not overwhelming or confusing. Granted, I would have to scale my visualization down from 50,000 novels to just two, but it has still given me a good deal of inspiration as to how display my findings.
Visual Analytics for Narrative Text: Visualizing Characters and their Relationships as Extracted from Novels
- Like my previous entry, this paper is an introduction for me into the world of how to persuasively and effectively represent my research. It presents the idea of character network development and how to display those networks. Consequently, I have begun to further narrow down my research query into how the character networks of Dedalus and Carey may be able to be mapped separately and then overlaid in a map like manner.
Automated Analysis of Narrative Content for Digital Humanities
- The content of this paper details the process in which digital humanists can analyze large amounts of text through the use of computer programs by generating networks with several different ‘actors’. After reading this paper, my inclination to looking more at the networking aspect of my two novels has grown stronger and I feel that rather than looking at the novels on a basic language analysis level that I could go deeper and looking at the scaffolding and networking within the novels.
Introduction to the “Theorizing Connectivity” cluster.
- While this paper is a bit older as far as research in the digital humanities goes (published in 2011), it gave me a great backdrop of the history and some more elementary methods that I can use in order to more accurately develop a strong network framework which will in turn lead to a stronger visual representation of my collected data. It also helped to frame in my mind the sort of questions that I need to be asking in order to develop said network in a cohesive and innovative fashion.
- I have found through my preliminary research that there is little in the digital humanities world addressing W. Somerset Maugham but there are quite a few engaging and enlightening projects dealing with James Joyce’s works, most specifically Ulysses. This project, like that of JoyceStick, attempts to give readers a more interactive experience with the novel by giving 3D representation of the city of Dublin, where the novel takes place. What I have taken away from this project for my own is the layout of the map and ease of use of the website.
Text mining War and Peace: Automatic extraction of character traits from literary pieces
- Within this paper I found further methods of ways to evaluate and gather information of particular traits displayed by certain characters in a novel. War and Peace, like my two novels, is long and intricate in its language and the methods that they employed to help parce out the individual character networks through certain traits will help guide my project further.
A Short Guide to the Digital_Humanities
- Written in 2012, this piece has allowed me to zoom out a little and gain a larger perspective of what it is that I am working for and what I would like to achieve within the digital humanities. While it is true that we have been over some of these topics broadly in our cohort meetings, this piece has provided me with a fundamental reference guide to refer back to when I am getting bogged down with details and losing sight of the bigger picture.
Visualising the dynamics of character networks
- I will freely admit that this paper is a little over my head and above my experience but it gives me inspiration as to what to look to do in graduate school. In their paper, the authors detail how the designed their own character network system evaluator and how it could be applied for future projects. While it is a very technical paper, it allows me to begin to get my feet wet on the back end side of developing a character network framework.