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Painted Bride Quarterly: Visual Representation of the History of the Literary Magazine

Project #: 13
Name: Kathleen Volk Miller (Kathleen Volk Miller kvm@drexel.edu; 856-308-4699)
Department: English and Philosophy
Academic Area: Communication, English

Title: Painted Bride Quarterly: Visual Representation of the History of the Literary Magazine

Description:
PBQ is a 41-year old literary magazine. For the past two years we have conducted an extensive research project with the support of Drexel University's Humanities Fellow Program. We have compiled authors' career trajectories, editors' paths, and literary magazines' impact on the American publishing landscape. Focusing on those writers whose careers PBQ helped usher forward, we seek to define the role of the literary magazine in American culture.

Associated Independent Study:
In addition to the practical work of creating the web pages that will display our collected information and data, the student, and the project, would benefit from studying the work of scholars such as Edward Tufte (American statistician and professor emeritus of political science, statistics, and computer science at Yale University). He is noted for his writings on information design and as a pioneer in the field of data visualization. This project sits squarely in the scholarly conversation about visual representation of empirical data, the core conversation in the digital humanities.

Gained Experience:
As described above the student will become proficient in the incredibly useful--and still relatively new---field of information design and data visualization.

Outcome:
Web pages within our site that other authors and scholars can use as a reference when looking into literary publishing.

Tasks:
* gather, organize and archive the interviews, research and data we have collected so far * draw upon existing IT skills to design web platforms and visualize the data we have gathered * draw upon existing media training to edit footage into short films suitable for distribution and circulation via our website and relevant social media platforms *design a series of power point presentations for the editors to showcase the project at relevant conferences and seminars.

Location:
Most of the work can be done remotely.

Meetings:
On Tuesdays at 3:00 p.m.

Interview Availability: April 22, 2014