To Network or Not to Network?

There’s nothing quite like a graduate seminar for encouraging you to like one approach one week, see it as intellectually bankrupt the next one, only to be redeemed weeks later. I have academic whiplash…or, better yet, I am currently the intellectual kombucha girl.

Genealogies: Back Again

Yo sé que a ti te gusta el pop-rock latinoPero este reguetón se te mete por los intestinosPor debajo de la falda como un submarinoY te saca lo de indio taíno…No importa si eres rapera o eres hippieSi eres de Bayamón o de Guaynabo CityConmigo no te pongas pickyEsto es hasta abajo, cójele el triquiEstoContinue reading “Genealogies: Back Again”

Computational Literary Studies: What’s the Point?

In “The Computational Case against Computational Literary Studies,” Nan Z. Da levels a serious critique of, if not the whole discipline of digital humanities, then its golden child, computational literary studies (CLS). By CLS, Da means the use of computational and algorithmic tools for the use of literary study, specifically “distant reading.” Da’s critique ofContinue reading “Computational Literary Studies: What’s the Point?”

Beyond Now

As I detailed in a previous post, I see in my academic and intellectual trajectory a push and pull between the past and the present (and, for that matter, between the humanities and the social sciences). But now that I’ve committed myself to the present, the question is: where exactly to begin? At first, thisContinue reading “Beyond Now”

Indexes, vindicated

In “Against Cleaning,” Katie Rawson and Trevor Muñoz make an important contribution to the question of methodology in the digital humanities, especially in relation to preparing and working with large datasets of humanities information. Drawing on their experience with the New York Public Library’s What’s on the Menu? public data, Rawson and Muñoz problematize theContinue reading “Indexes, vindicated”