Shake-O-Sphere: Mapping the Early Modern Book Trade

April 4, 2013 - 12:30 pm to 1:30 pm

Group Area D in the Learning Commons, Main Library (across from the Food for Thought Cafe)

Digitally visualizing people and works that redefined human knowledge.

Professor Blaine Greteman, English

What can we learn through digital visualization and analysis of the network of printers, authors, books, and booksellers who redefined human knowledge during the Renaissance and Enlightenment? This talk introduces a project that is attempting to mine and visualize metadata on books and printing in pre-1800 England and America. Professor Greteman will discuss the new perspectives the project gives us on both familiar figures like Shakespeare and Milton, as well as less familiar ones like Robert Dodsley, while detailing some practical aids and obstacles for getting a project like this off the ground.

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