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Saturday, February 29 • 10:15am - 11:45am
Remediating the Early Modern

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Chair: Jessica McCullough
Kristen Abbott Bennett, "The Kit Marlowe Project"
This paper discusses the inception and evolution of The Kit Marlowe Project (www.kitmarlowe.org) to date, including its driving pedagogy, as well as our goals and challenges for moving forward. First launched at the 2017 Shakespeare Association of America Annual Meeting as one of ten competitively chosen digital exhibits, The Kit Marlowe Project is a digital space designed to introduce undergraduates with diverse majors to project-driven, research-based learning, and digital humanities practices in the context of studying one of Elizabethan England’s most compelling literary figures. As one of Shakespeare’s most famous contemporaries, Christopher Marlowe was a poet, playwright, and likely spy; his friends called him “Kit” and so do we. The site has been created so that students may curate an open-source collection of Marlowe’s works, contribute exhibits, encyclopedia, and bibliography entries. This paper discusses approaches to inviting undergraduates to contribute to public digital humanities projects, specifically in the context of their contributions to cultural preservation efforts by using TEI (Text Encoding Initiative) methods, as well as resources from the Map of Early Modern London project (https://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/) and LEMDO (Linked Early Modern Drama Online, https://lemdo.uvic.ca/) to transcribe, encode, and publish previously unpublished archival works in an open-access forum. 

Helene Visentin, "Mapping a 17th-Century French Novel"
I propose to focus my talk on a team-based project that aims to create a digital edition of a seminal French 17th-century novel, _La Princesse de Clèves_ (1678) by Lafayette, making the text accessible and appealing to an audience of 21st century undergraduates. We are developing both a navigable critical apparatus and approaches to teaching the novel through pedagogical modules and clusters to propose activities and analyses of the work using digital tools that students can adapt to create their own insights, including network visualization graphs, mapping technologies, and word mining tools. I would like to focus my talk on the digital mapping interface that we have been developing and that will be attached to the EPUB book. The main idea is to "map" the novel, i.e. characters' movements and the events related to them, as well as major landmarks and spaces in order to create a visual and spatial representation of _La Princesse de Clèves_ and to show the correlation between topographical elements and social interactions, the relationships between urban spaces and social spaces. 


Kristen Abbott Bennett

Framingham State University

Helene Visentin

Smith College

Saturday February 29, 2020 10:15am - 11:45am EST
LITC 181

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