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The Graph Poem @DH2017

August 7th, 2017 margento

“Access(ed) Poetry. The Graph Poem Project and the Place of Poetry in Digital Humanities”

by Chris Tanasescu (MARGENTO), Diana Inkpen, Vaibhav Kesarwani, Brian Paget

to be presented at DH2017

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The Graph Poem Project at University of Ottawa develops tools for poetry computational analysis and applies graph theory and network graph computational apps in structuring, analyzing, and visualizing poetic corpora.

Graph theory applications make possible analyzing and visualizing both small and significantly large datasets of poems, and reach certain information and conclusions on both particular poems and the corpus, or corpora comparatively.

Our research, tools, publications, and future work will be presented in the wider context of current trends, theories, and debates in DH, text/poetry analysis, natural language processing (NLP), and digital pedagogy. Special emphasis will be laid on issues of access to and assemblage of poetry data, as well relevance of the genre and its access to mainstream DH-relevant policies and politics. The presentation will include demoing the digital tools we have developed for analyzing the various poetic features involved in developing the poem graphs.


Sneak peak:

Access… to Data: access to/assemblage and critique of corpora/datasets/databases; what is the data intensive threshold in poetry? [...]

Data Made “Accessible:” raw data is an oxymoron; data is rhetorical (L. Gitelman); the GraphPoem: critique of the PoFo database, annotation, and browser; critique of the algorithmic and the computational (K. Bode); “making, critique” (N.K. Hayles & J. Pressman)—in the GraphPoem we developed our own (poetry-based) word embeddings, while critiquing open-access tools like GloVe; [...]

“Accessible” Tools & Projects; New Media—New Genre(s)?  The “txtual condition” (M. Kirschenbaum)—the challenges of storing and managing e-lit in library collections; the GraphPoem, and the challenge of processing and applying graph theory in digital poetry; (non)access in digital poetry; Chris T. Funkhouser, IBM poetry–restriction in computer poems.  GraphPoem graph theory apps in “born digital” poetry? [...]

Is “DH+1″ (A. Liu) Doable in Computational Poetry? [...]

The Quantitative, the Qualitative, and (DH Non)Meaning in Poetry…

E-/web-based lit (non-)access problematized as internet unconscious (S. Baldwin), as language’s unconscious (N.K. Hayles), etc. [...]

Poetry’s Right To Non-Accesibility: poems as (hyper)objects; speculative prosody (B.K. Stefans); NLP tools and graph theory apps for processing undecidability and indeterminacy?


More at the conference–check out the timetable: https://www.conftool.pro/dh2017/index.php?page=browseSessions&cols=2&form_session=322&mode=table&presentations=show




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