Param Ajmera '14 presents a talk titled "Between Literature and Data: Defoe in the Digital Archive."

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The Department of English and Information Technology Services welcome Param Ajmera ’14 presenting “Between Literature and Data: Defoe in the Digital Archive.”

How might digital archives be curated to make the intersections of colonialism and capitalism in culture more apparent? How might literary critics create and use data to explore questions of racialization and representation? This presentation addresses these two questions by examining the celebrated eighteenth- century novelist Daniel Defoe’s presence in two digital archives – the HathiTrust Digital Library and Eighteenth-Century Collections Online (ECCO).

From highlighting the transnational networks of trade and enslavement in Defoe’s periodical, the Review, to categorizing the illustrations in his most famous novel, Robinson Crusoe, this talk explores the possibilities and challenges of using digital archives and theories of data modeling to work across large collections of texts in literary studies.

Following the talk, the English Department will hold a graduate school information panel for English majors/minors at 4:30 p.m. in the Barney Davis Boardroom.