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Teaching with Digital HumanitiesTools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature$
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Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780252042232

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: May 2019

DOI: 10.5622/illinois/9780252042232.001.0001

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Reading Macro and Micro Trends in Nineteenth-Century Theater History

Reading Macro and Micro Trends in Nineteenth-Century Theater History

(p.82) 6. Reading Macro and Micro Trends in Nineteenth-Century Theater History
Teaching with Digital Humanities

Blair Best

Madeleine G. Cella

Rati Choudhary

Kayla C. Coleman

Robert Davis

Ella L. Gill

Clayton Grimm

Malin Jörnvi

Philip Kenner

Patrick Korkuch

Mahayla Laurence

Joanna Pisano

Teagan Rabuano

Lawrence G. Richardson

Haley Sakamoto

Victoria K. Sprowls

University of Illinois Press

This essay co-authored by Robert Davis and his students in a theater class at New York University describes the interdependence of close and distant reading practices in their creation and analysis of a representative corpus of nineteenth-century drama. With irregular scholarly and theatrical attention given to nineteenth-century American theatre, the archive of plays and productions is frustratingly fragmented with few playbooks and only limited accounts of their staging. This chapter demonstrates how students used corpus linguistic and spatial analysis tools like Voyant, Antconc, and Tagxedo to recover a neglected century of American theater. Students found that the use of digital tools to perform text analysis, mapping, and network visualization sparked new scholarly ideas about nineteenth-century theatre.

Keywords:   digital humanities pedagogy, theatre, visualization, Antconc, Tagxedo, Voyant, distant reading, digital tools, text analysis, maps, network, data mining, collaborative writing

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