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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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Putting Students “In Whitman’s Hand”

Putting Students “In Whitman’s Hand”

(p.153) 10. Putting Students “In Whitman’s Hand”
Teaching with Digital Humanities

Catherine Waitinas

University of Illinois Press

Catherine Waitinas leads readers step-by-step through a digital manuscript project on Walt Whitman’s poetry that she created for a variety of courses from general education to graduate seminars. Using handwritten manuscripts digitized in the Walt Whitman Archive, Waitinas’s students meld old and new technologies, placing penmanship in conversation with big data analysis and The Walt Whitman’s Archive’s tools like the archive’s search engine. Waitinas describes how archival assignments like these are infinitely scalable; they can be used in relation to many other archives, and Waitinas gives suggestions for one-day to full-unit versions of the assignment.

Keywords:   digital humanities pedagogy, Walt Whitman Archive, digital manuscript, poetry, data analysis, scalable assignments, digital archives, primary documents

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