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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment

Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment

(p.406) Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew K. Gold

Jim Groom

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter describes a 2009 project called “Looking for Whitman: The Poetry of Place in the Life and Work of Walt Whitman,” sponsored by two Start-Up Grants from the National Endowment for the Humanities (NEH) Office of Digital Humanities. Students from four universities converged on a single website in a collaborative effort to research and explore the poetry of Walt Whitman. The project served as an opportunity to see how a group of distributed faculty and students could share, collaborate, research, and converse out in the open through a rich infrastructure of social media. As a case study for linked courses across universities, the project framed the importance of an open and porous learning ecosystem that used network effects to aggregate and amplify student work, building a larger, focused conversation around the relationship of particular literary texts to particular geographical spaces.

Keywords:   digital humanities, Walt Whitman, poetry, collaboration, social media

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