The Modernism Lab @ Yale University


[Posted by BR]

I just learned of something called “The Modernism Lab,” a digital humanities project directed by Pericles Lewis (English and Comp. Lit., Yale University). At first glance, it seems like a very interesting endeavor, and potentially of great use for both research and teaching. Because I know many of you have a broad interest in modernism, I wanted to let you all know of its existence.

Here is a brief description of the project, copied from the site’s homepage:

The Modernism Lab is a virtual space dedicated to collaborative research into the roots of literary modernism. We hope, by a process of shared investigation, to describe the emergence of modernism out of a background of social, political, and existential ferment. The project begins with the period 1914-1926, from the outbreak of the first world war to the full-blown emergence of English modernism. The Lab supports a graduate course in English and Comparative Literature, “Moderns, 1914-1926.” Students in the class contribute materials to the website and use it as the platform for their ongoing research. In 2009, the lab will also support undergraduate courses on Joyce’s Ulysses and Modern British Fiction. The main components of the website are an innovative research tool, YNote, containing information on the activities of 24 leading modernist writers during this crucial period and a wiki consisting of brief interpretive essays on literary works and movements of the period.

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