Colloquium: Cecily Raynor

Date(s) - 10/26/2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

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Cecily Raynor, Assistant Professor of Languages, Literature, & Culture at McGill University will join the Humanities Center on Thursday, October 26th at 3:00 PM for a Colloquium.

Title: Using Digital Methods to Approach Contemporary Writing: Case Studies from Latin America

How might digital tools such as text mining, web analytics and web archiving help scholars of literature approach the expanded territory of literary content on the web? Might digital readership communities be forming that are based more on territories of language than on geographic alliances? In this talk, I will discuss my ongoing project, “The Digital Geographies of the Trans-Lusophone and Transhispanic World,” funded by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada (SSHRC), which intersects the areas of literary studies and digital humanities. Drawing on case studies from Spain, Argentina, Chile, Peru, Mexico, and Brazil my research assesses the web as a linguistic and cultural territory. This is a project with two intersecting goals: 1) to map the readership of web-based content related to Latin American literature through a series of Spanish and Portuguese language websites; 2) to determine if digital literary production conforms to a broader post-national aesthetic observed in print literature.

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