I haven’t done one of these round-up posts for a while, but it seems as if some interesting new blogs have been coming online (along with others I’ve followed for awhile), and I wanted to call your attention to them. Here are some links:
- The 18th-century Common has had some good posts lately. Jonathan Lamb has posted an essay about Hogarth’s blush and Maori tattoos; and Margaret Koehler discusses her new book, The Poetry of Attention in the Eighteenth Century, in the Common’s ongoing collection about Cognitive Science and 18th century studies.
- The Early American History blog The Junto has a very useful omnibus posting called “This week in American History.” This week’s post contains a link to the soon-to-be-indispensable UCL Legacies of British Slave-ownership database, along with a great post (at the worthy journal of narrative and experimental history, The Appendix) about colonial-era drunkenness.
- At Persistent Enlightenment, James Schmidt asks “What, if anything, does Dialectic of Enlightenment have to do with the Enlightenment?“
- Ted Underwood makes a case for the use of DH methods to help us revisit and refine our categories and macro-narratives of literary history, using the (admittedly incomplete but still voluminous) digital archives now available to us. Takeaway line: “The blurriness of literary categories is exactly why it’s helpful to use computers for distant reading.”
These are just a few of the posts I’ve been reading and thinking about this week. If you’ve got your own thoughts about them, or more suggestions for this week’s round-up, please hit “comment.”