Adaptation and the Canon

A major issue in the humanities is finding ways to study the canon without neglecting nontraditional and contemporary texts. Studies in film and adaptations in addition to courses on contemporary literature are attempting to shed light on previously undervalued subjects. Yet, in our efforts to remember modern texts we are struggling to balance these courses with those on the literary giants of the past.

I would like to propose a discussion of the ways in which studies of adaptation could be used to view the works of figures like Shakespeare and Chaucer in a more modern light. Considerations of fan fiction, fan art, film and stage adaptation, and graphic novels would be central to this discussion. How do modernizations of canonical texts attempt to correct or otherwise revise the original? How can these texts be used in classrooms at all levels? Should fan fiction be viewed as a form of literary criticism and commentary? Are adaptations of canonical texts valuable in themselves or solely useful in comparison with the original work? These questions would be relevant discussion points for this session.

My own research on female characters in Tolkien’s Lord of the Rings and Jackson’s film adaptations could be used as a jumping off point for this discussion. The lack of significant female characters in this series is a major point of criticism for Tolkien’s work. Modern adaptations of Tolkien’s work in a variety of forms, including film, fan fiction, and video games, shows how these flaws are addressed by contemporary readers and creators.

I would love to see this conversation even discuss social sites and their role in the way we view and interpret more traditional literature. Overall, a focus on visual and fan-based media in relation to traditional literature has a lot of possibilities for discussion.

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Mapping in the Humanities

Given the growing integration of mapping into digital humanities projects, geographic  information systems (GIS) has become a particular useful tool in these endeavors. Whether used as a repository of spatially linked data or as a visualization tool, GIS has created an open invitation for the collaboration of scholars, students, and practitioners from different disciplines. This open invitation can only reach its full potential if current GIS users are able to incorporate non-GIS users into the development of future of projects. With this in mind, I would like to invite current GIS and non-GIS users to a discussion on the concept and capabilities of GIS for mapping purposes in the humanities. In keeping with the spirit of THATCamp, I envision this as a spontaneous discussion/demonstration where we can:

1) share personal views and experiences with mapping tools/software,

2) answer questions or uncertainties that may be keeping you or other users from implementing mapping technology into current or future projects,

3) explore mapping tools/applications,

4) explore opportunities for collaboration.

Participants from all levels of mapping and GIS competency, software operation, and practical backgrounds are welcome! The goal is to share different perspectives and to answer as many questions as possible. I have no preference on the timing of the session, morning or afternoon will work well. However, space and time are limited, so I’m open to a merger with other mapping/GIS sessions as well. I look forward to meeting all campers!


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Marshall University’s Open Access Journals

Marshall currently hosts 3 open access journals–Euscorpius, the Marshall Journal of Medicine, and Sermon Studies–and more are in the pipeline. In this “Talk” session, we’ll hear from 3 people who are involved with these projects:

  • Jingping Zhang, Director of Libraries Operations
  • Larry Sheret, Instruction and Emerging Technologies Librarian
  • Robert Ellison, Assistant Professor of English and editor-in-chief of Sermon Studies

We’ll talk about such things as how and why Marshall got involved in open access journals, the different publication models the journals have adopted, how others can start journals of their own, and so on. We’ll also discuss how Marshall Digital Scholar can support other DH programs on campus. We’d love to have you join us!

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Announcing THATCamp Marshall 2018

THATCamp Marshall 2018 will take place on March 31 at Marshall University’s Visual Arts Center. Registration is now open. For your $30 registration fee, you will be provided with a THATCamp Marshall 2018 t-shirt, lunch, coffee, water, and snacks. Undergraduate and graduate students, your registration is free of charge, thanks to the generous support of our sponsors. Students, please make sure to complete the registration form.

You don’t need to be a Marshall student, faculty, or staff member to attend THATCamp Marshall 2018. All are welcome!

Please contact Dr. Kristen Lillvis (ude.l1521316360lahsr1521316360am@si1521316360vllil1521316360) with any questions.

We appreciate those who have offered support to THATCamp Marshall 2018. Thank you to the College of Liberal ArtsDepartment of EnglishDepartment of Geography, and Honors College for sponsoring student registrations. Thank you to the School of Art & Design for making the Visual Arts Center available.

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