Using the digital Whitman Archive as a case study and a departure point, Professor Belasco will discuss how digital methodologies are prompting major shifts in professional practice in the humanities. Some of the questions she will explore are: How do new technologies change our traditional notions of scholarship? What does publication mean in a digital environment? How are digital environments prompting new genres of scholarly production? How do we evaluate digital publications?
Susan Belasco is Professor of English and Chair of the Department of English at the University of Nebraska, Lincoln. Her research and teaching interests include nineteenth-century American literature and culture, women's literature, and digital humanities. Interested in the role of women writers in the literary marketplace of the nineteenth century, she is the editor of Margaret Fuller's Summer on the Lakes and Fanny Fern's Ruth Hall. She is the co-editor of "These Sad but Glorious Days": Dispatches from Europe, 1846-1850 by Margaret Fuller; Periodical Literature in Nineteenth-Century America; Approaches to Teaching Uncle Tom's Cabin, and The Bedford Anthology of American Literature. A past president of the Research Society for American Periodicals, she is the editor of Walt Whitman's periodical poetry for the The Walt Whitman Archive and serves on the advisory board for The Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture Archive. Her most recent book is Stowe in Her Own Time.