English Research Seminar

Technology and the Lakeland Picturesque: Framing Literature with the Digital Humanities

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series 2017-18, Joanna Taylor, Lancaster University, presents: 'Technology and the Lakeland Picturesque: Framing Literature with the Digital Humanities'.

  • From: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 1 pm
  • To: Wednesday 8 November 2017, 2 pm
  • Location: 101, Mary Ann Evans, Nottingham Trent University, Clifton Campus, Clifton Lane, Nottingham, NG11 8NS

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As part of the School of Arts and Humanities English Research Seminar Series 2017-18, Joanna Taylor, Lancaster University, presents: 'Technology and the Lakeland Picturesque: Framing Literature with the Digital Humanities'.

Abstract

The eighteenth- and nineteenth-century Lake District was the birthplace of the picturesque. Tourists used tools like the Claude glass, the camera lucida, daguerreotype, sketchbook, tape measure and magnifier acted, to translate complex subjective readings of the landscape into what appeared to be straightforward factual data that seemed to render the region’s complex geographical, political and cultural histories transparently objective. In his seminal book The Technologies of the Picturesque, Ron Broglio describes such tools as ‘computational prosthes[es]’ that attempted to ‘make sense of things in nature’. This paper investigates the affinities between a technology-driven picturesque gaze and a digital approach to literary study, particularly the computational corpus linguistics and GIS (Geographical Information Systems) that underpins our work on ‘Geospatial Innovation in the Digital Humanities’. It explores synergies between this aesthetic and digital methodologies with the aim of both exploring the historical role of the picturesque in the Lake District and using that mode to critique the practices that underpin our study.

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Location details

Room/Building:

101, Mary Ann Evans

Address:

Nottingham Trent University
Clifton Campus
Clifton Lane
Nottingham
NG11 8NS

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