November Blogroll: Visual Data Edition

Dear readers:

The last way I typically describe my scholarship is as economic history. It feels like a confession, a thing that someone who studies literature, including Shakespeare, shouldn’t be interested in. It is, however, perhaps the most true statement of the kinds of work I do, often counting large groups of data sets, considering the parameters and variables, and taking into account elements that would have affected the purchasing decisions made by sixteenth-century playgoers.

Ultimately, I find this very rewarding work because it tells me something about what priorities early moderns held when it came to memory, creativity, and novelty. It also challenges my assumptions about why people go/went to theatre, what experience they are/were hoping to have, et cetera. In order to do this kind of work, I am increasingly in need of better graphing and mapping tools to visualize the data for others and to draw inferences. About midway through the summer, in advance of a conference paper, I appealed to Facebook for recommendations beyond what MS Excel could deliver. Here are those responses.

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August Blogroll: Writer’s Toolkit Edition

Dear readers:

It has been a busy summer full of travel: I’ve been to Kansas City to grade AP literature exams, to Champaign to walk in commencement with my cohort, and we just got back from Bowen Island off the coast of Vancouver for a brief birthday vacation as I look down the barrel at 30. I have a couple of brief weeks to buckle down on some research and writing projects before family from Boston come for a visit, and then I take off for professional gigs in Montreal and London for August. As I fully re-engaged with a full-time scholarly posture, I am reminded of the tools that keep me plugged in to my practice when I am balancing teaching in the mix.

So this month, here is a list of some scholarly tools I live by on a day-to-day basis that makes reconnecting with the muscles needed for full-time scholarly work much more streamlined.

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