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Archive for January, 2013

January 30th, 2013 by Heather Asbeck

Literary Labyrinth

source:  wikimedia commons How do you read a book?  Do you start at chapter one and read straight through to the end of the story?  Do you read the publishing information or the title page first?  What about the dedication, foreword, or introduction?  Do you begin reading, then skip to the last chapter to peek […]

January 23rd, 2013 by Heather Asbeck

Searching…or the Holy Grail of Information

  { Holy Grail Tapestry #2: The Arming and Departure of the Knights } source:  wikimedia commons After perusing a number of websites devoted to digitizing historical and literary information, such as maps, manuscripts, historical documents, and literary works (The Walt Whitman Archive, Civil War Washington, Mapping the Republic of Letters, the Salem Witch Trials […]

January 16th, 2013 by Heather Asbeck


{ daguerrotype of Emily Dickinson } source:  wikimedia commons I have been perusing Emily Dickinson’s letters and poems via a website called Emily Dickinson’s Correspondence:  A Born-Digital Textual Inquiry, (edited by Martha Nell Smith and Lara Vetter and published by the University of Virginia Press) and sifting through the digital archives of her handwritten letters […]

January 9th, 2013 by Heather Asbeck

Liquid text

  { detail from a handwritten illuminated latin Bible } source:  wikimedia commons While thinking about all the ways we acquire information today – websites, digital readers, and the old-fashioned book, I remembered two articles from a class last semester that provided different perspectives on texts.  I read an article by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum entitled […]