Digital Humanities are E X P A N D I N G at a VELOCITY
that defies the limits of human CONSCIOUSNESS.
Much of the EXCITEMENT and INTEREST congregates on possibilities for
and TEXTUAL ANALYSIS of BIG DATA.
NEW digital tools, platforms, plug-ins, and apps allow scholars to analyze literature in BULK.
The opportunities are especially rich for modernist periodical studies,
where the VAST QUANTITY of data—
• THOUSANDS of magazines,
• MILLIONS of pages,
• BILLIONS of characters
—exceeds the capacity of the individual mind.
BUT Mina Loy’s corpus is relatively small.
YOU can read ALL her published work—poetry, plays, fiction, essays, art—
in a finite period: a few weeks of concentrated study.
CONCENTRATION is key.
Loy’s work defies conventions.
It is DIFFICULT to digest and make sense of.
It demands CLOSE READING.
This site DEMANDS and DELIVERS close reading of works by Loy that have received the least attention:
• Futurist plays
• Dada prose
• Surrealist art & fiction
This is ABSURD.
WE KNOW that online “users” do not READ; they SCAN.
BUT WE BELIEVE that DIGITAL DESIGN can be utilized to:
• strengthen concentration
• foster close reading
• enable the delivery of complex arguments
We are NOT simply preserving or retrenching traditional scholarly practices in the digital age.
We aim to TRANSFORM these practices for a digital environment.
We want to DO CLOSE READING BETTER:
This site delivers a scholarly argument enriched by documents, maps, timelines, images, and interactive commentary.
AUTHORSHIP is neither eliminated nor crowd-sourced, but
E X P A N D E D I N F I N I T E L Y . . .
THE WORK OF SCHOLARSHIP
IN THE AGE OF
must be created through collaboration
between faculty & students & staff
& reproduced through interaction with readers
authors = designers = readers = users
The processes of writing & revision & peer review are made VISIBLE,
AUTHORSHIP becomes PUBLIC & COLLABORATIVE
(rather than PRIVATE and INDIVIDUALISTIC).
WE WANT UX(user experience) to be:
• I M M E R S I V E (we hope you will be drawn in)
• G E N E R A T I V E (we hope you will respond in kind)