Slow Reading Early Modern Texts (by Giulia Forsythe)


The first iteration of HIST 2F90 is just wrapping up at Brock University. It’s a good time to reflect again online about the course.

One of the challenges of the course has been planning for and then managing the students’ work with primary sources. You can find an earlier post on the subject by clicking here, and we’ll certainly write more about this subject in later posts.

For now we’re sharing Giulia Forsythe’s illustration of the process the students and we went through in transforming publicly available page scans of four 18th-century books on abolition into machine-readable texts. In the process students learned how to read texts slowly using conventional “slow” reading and new forms of text mining using Voyant Tools.

Thanks for sharing this, Giulia!

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