What is the ambitious goal of Melville’s Marginalia?
Students from technical and non-technical fields combine their knowledge as they work together to develop and apply technical tools to do research on the reading and writing of one of American literature’s greatest authors.
This team uses computer-assisted means of analyzing the reading of American author Herman Melville, author of Moby-Dick and other writings, and edits the markings and notes inscribed by him into books that survive from his personal library.
Depending on major and preparation, participants may acquire skills in editing and transcription of literary texts; coding abilities in R, C#, and other languages; encoding abilities in Extensible Markup Language (XML); literary data analysis and visualization; analytical and interpretive methods; reading and writing skills and humanities marketing and promotion.
Methodologies and/or Technologies used to achieve project goals:
coding and coding software
mobile tech development
qualitative research methods
quantitative research methods
Majors and Interests Needed
Preferred course preparation: 200 level and above
Electrical & Computer Engineering
VIP Coach Information
Dr. Steven Olsen-Smith is a Professor in the Department of English and Director, Melville’s Marginalia Online, specializing in early and 19th-century American literature, with active research agendas on Herman Melville, Walt Whitman, and Stephen Crane. Contact Dr. Olsen-Smith at firstname.lastname@example.org
Dr. Elisa H. Barney Smith is an Emeritus Professor in the Department of Electrical and Computer Engineering and holds an endowed chair at Wallenberg AI, Autonomous Systems and Software Program, Luleå Technical University, Sweden. Her research focuses on image processing and machine learning.
This is a full semester course.
Choose to enroll in 1 or 2 credits in VIP 200 (freshman, sophomore), VIP 400 (junior, senior), or VIP 500 (graduate).
Team meetings TBD by participants.