• Women of Colour: Using Corpus Analysis for Introducing Representations of Race in Nineteenth-Century Fiction

    Author(s):
    Annelise Norman, Gabrielle Stecher (see profile)
    Date:
    2021
    Item Type:
    Course material or learning objects
    Tag(s):
    digital humanities, Teaching literature, anti-racism, nineteenth century
    Permanent URL:
    https://doi.org/10.17613/vhjb-rq69
    Abstract:
    As a digital humanities tool, corpus analysis allows students to visually map language use. Adopted as a tool for anti-racist pedagogy, corpus analysis allows us to recognize from a distance the role race plays in a given text, visualizing its prominences, patterns, and even silences. Because the tools used in corpus analysis strip context and subjectivity from these texts, the following activity allows students to think about documents from a distance. Presented with decontextualized language, students can predict how the texts engage with and represent matters of race. In making their predictions, students may uncover biases and assumptions about race, historical periods, and narrative voice that require further investigation.
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