Digital Projects

Many of our faculty and graduate students are pursuing innovative research and teaching projects using digital technologies. From helping students craft dynamic multimedia projects to using analytical software to track patterns in serialized novels, our community of teachers and students are at the forefront of emerging digital work with English literature, writing, and linguistics.

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Prof. Jon McKenzie, Director

Located in College Library, DesignLab is a media lab and design consultancy dedicated to improving students’ digital communication skills. Through one-on-one and small group consultations, our design consultants help students hone the conceptual, aesthetic, and technical skills they need to work effectively in digital media.

Our mission to democratize digitality signals our commitment to extending the Wisconsin Idea into the 21st century. DesignLab is funded by the Madison Initiative for Undergraduates and administered by University Libraries.

DesignLab Director Jon McKenzie and Associate Director Rosemary Bodolay have extensive experience in education and industry. Our TA consultants are drawn from nine programs across four colleges and combine skills in art, communication, data visualization, design studies, educational media, graphic design, information studies, rhetoric and writing, and videography.

Humanities Research Bridge

Prof. Robin Valenza, Faculty Lead

The Humanities Research Bridge will provide a suite of services and space for digital research, workshops, consultations by appointment and collaboration. The UW campus community has demonstrated a strong interest in developing the resources necessary to foster computational research methods and technologies. Equally important is building a digital research community for building a strong network of scholars, graduate students, and staff interested in learning, sharing, and developing these interests across the UW community.

Collaborations with other institutions, and collaborative initiatives, such as Project Bamboo, will further advance research and development in the digital humanities. We appreciate your interest in the Humanities Research Bridge and look forward to developing this initiative aimed at furthering cutting edge research at the UW and building a strong community of twenty-first century scholars.

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Victorian Serialization Project

Prof. Susan Bernstein, Principal Investigator & Catherine DeRose, Researcher

With the plethora of formats for reading that digital technology has unleashed in recent years, from iPads and Kindles to blogs and Twitter, both reading and writing on a daily basis have undergone a sea-change.  In the middle of the nineteenth century, there was likewise a major transformation in the tempo of reading and writing as literally hundreds of weekly and monthly periodicals were launched.  For most Victorian novelists, including Charles Dickens, Elizabeth Gaskell, Anthony Trollope, and George Eliot, serial installments shaped how they wrote fiction and how these novels were first encountered by readers.  Typically we think of the Victorian novel as a tome requiring huge blocks of reading time.  But, like the small chunks of Twitter or blogs, these novels were disseminated in segments of a few chapters, something like twenty or thirty pages of text, in weekly or monthly installments. The objective of this study is to use a computer-assisted text analysis program called Docuscope to detect, describe, and reread the signal of seriality in Victorian novels.