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Lab #10: Museum of Printing

Composing and printing at the museum made me consider some logistics of a print shop that I hadn’t thought about before. I had a feeling that inking the type could be messy, but what I hadn’t considered was how meticulous printers must have been in order to keep their pages […]


Lab #9: Bleak House & Shakespeare

For this lab, I looked at Charles Dicken’s Bleak House (1852-1853) and James O. Halliwell’s The Works of William Shakespeare (1853). Although the form and content of these books are quite different, they were both printed in multiple volumes, revealing some of the economic strategies used by printers during the […]


Bonus Lab: Will Noel’s Talk

I thought Will Noel’s talk was an interesting supplement to our explorations of the Archimedes Palimpsest and media in general. The distinctions he made between data and interface intrigued me the most. He talked about how he seeks to organize data in a useful manner by keeping it simple, documenting […]


Lab #8: Great Expectations 1

I chose Great Expectations, and I had absolutely no idea what this novel is about. I only knew that Charles Dickens wrote it, and that there is (possibly) a character named Pip. Having read Tale of Two Cities and being familiar with Oliver Twist and A Christmas Carol, I predicted […]


Lab #6: Braille

Working with braille, I found it extremely difficult to isolate my sense of touch from my sense of sight. When I first started using the braille card, I couldn’t help but look at the letters and notice the arrangement of dots. As I was writing my saying (the early bird […]


Lab #3: Dante’s Divine Comedy

Dante Alighieri wrote the Divine Comedy (which he had simply titled Commedia) sometime between 1308 and 1321, the year he died. In a time when Latin dominated, the Comedy established Italian—the vernacular—as a dignified language for literature. Although Dante’s original manuscript has not survived, almost 800 manuscripts from the 14th […]


Lab #4: TEI

While encoding our Dorr letter in TEI, we had to pay close attention to the structure and formatting of the text. The body of the letter consists of four paragraphs, differentiating it from, say, a poem consisting of lines and stanzas. To maintain the integrity of the letter’s structure, we […]


Lab #2: Textual Artifacts at the MFA

  The three textual artifacts that I examined were a foundation deposit brick (Iraq, 1834-1832 BC), a family shrine (Egypt, 1293-1185 BC), and a funerary relief (Rome, 50-20 BC). One of the most obvious similarities between these artifacts is that they are all made of stone—the family shrine and deposit […]


Lab Report #1: Misery

I bought this used copy of Stephen King’s Misery online for an English class. The hierarchy of information on the front cover speaks largely to the book’s meaning and target audience. Starting from the top, three key details appear before the title: this text is “now a spectacular new film […]