Voyant has released version 2 of its textual analyzer and visualizer: http://voyant-tools.org/ (link is also in ‘Tools’). It has a cleaner interface and seems -at least during my first testing – quicker. In the top left-hand tool interface where the word cloud appears, you can switch views: between word cloud (‘cirrus’), raw word counts (‘terms’), and word-frequency links (‘Links’).
For more features, check out this Profhacker blog post.
NB: see also their new ‘Guides’ section!
As promised, here’s the link to the Frankenstein app I mentioned in the last week. There are a number of Frankenstein apps out there, but this is fairly cheap and includes the texts of the first and second edition (and a fairly hilarious voice-over). Following on from our discussions about mediation and editing, it would be useful to ask yourselves, to what extent can one call this an ‘edition’?
This, from Faith Binckes:
This pamphlet– Shelley’s Poetical Essay on the Existing State of Things (1811)– was essentially lost until 2006. As of last month, it is freely available on the Bodleian library website. It’s a great opportunity to use your newly-acquired book-historical skills to explore this very rare material object (albeit in two-dimensional form). It’s an equally good example of how presenting and framing a text digitally can lead your reader/s into a whole set of related issues, and how decisions regarding which issues to choose shape interpretation in particular directions. You also get a nice introduction from Vanessa Redgrave.
Last week, we bounced around a few ideas for books we might like to attempt to part-digitise and edit. Below is the list, plus a couple of others. As you’ll see, it might depend upon the ability to find the right kind of source book. Also, I mentioned, we won’t be digitizing or editing a large portion of these texts. In fact, it’ll be up to you to decide what combination of features (physical, literary, historical) you think is most interesting about your chosen book, and so what pages you will be digitizing and editing. I will insist, however, that you include the title page. More details to come.
Sheridan, School for Scandal
Defoe, Robinson Crusoe.
NB: for these, you will need to find the oldest edition you can afford (e.g. Everyman editions from the early 20thC are around £4; 19thC editions tend to be more but you might find a bargain). I’d suggest a visit to Bayntun’s antiquarian bookshop near the station – it’s fun to browse downstairs where they keep the cheaper second-hand copies.
Nehemiah Grew, Musaeum Regalis Societatis. or a catalogue & description of the natural and artificial rarities belonging to the Royal Society (1681)
The Most Delectable History of Mr Reynard (1701)
Both of the above from BSU special collections.
Henry Fielding , Tom Jones (1749) [Everyman, c.1910].
Alexander Pope, The Works, vols I and II (1736).
Both of these are my personal copies which may be used.