Manifesto

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

DISTANT READING
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

 

FEMINIST DESIGN means

breaking down hierarchies,

fostering  o p e n  exchanges of expertise,

reflecting artistic diVeRSity,

embracing style & aesthetics as crucial to Digital Humanities

(rather than insufficiently techy or rigorous)

 

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:

more INFORMED,
less CLOSED.

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

DIGITAL REPRODUCTION

 

must be created through collaboration

between faculty & students & staff

reproduced through interaction with readers

so that:

authors = designers = readers = users

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The processes of writing & revision & peer review are made VISIBLE,

so that:

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)