Rachel Sagner Burrma of Swarthmore College will speak on the Victorian novel, realism, and machine learning on April 25, 2017 as a part of the Material Texts Colloquium of the UW Textual Studies Program.
Rachel Sagner Buurma works on eighteenth- and nineteenth-century literature and print culture, the history of the novel, twentieth-century Anglo-American literary criticism, and literary informatics. Current projects are on the history and theory of literary research, especially practices of knowledge organization like indexing and note-taking, pasts and and presents of collaborative work, and the intersection of literary-critical inquiry and information science. With Laura Heffernan, she is at work on a project that retells the history of English literary study from the perspective of the classroom. She directs the Tri-Co Digital Humanities Initiative.