Visualizing The Little Review

Using the Voyeur corpus to close read The Little Review was a great way to narrow down topics and find the issues that discussed specific key words and topics. As for close reading, the Voyeur tools help to narrow down what you're looking at.  Using the corpus to modify the key words shows you the issues of the magazine that are relevent, to which you can go into the archive and find the articles that most relate to what you're looking for.  I also enjoyed typing in words that were in opposition to each other, such as Democrat and Republican, and going back into the archive to see what kinds of articles were in the issues that had a high number of each of the categories, as well as seeing the timeline of when those words were more prevalent.  Democrat and Republican were both more prevalent in the issues leading up to elections, and the two words were used in different numbers during the war vs before the war. 

One of the interesting things was looking at the graph of all the issues, seeing what words were more prevalent in what issues of the magazine.  For instance, the word "life" was super prevalent in volume one and was a word that the entire magazine was supposed to revolve around, yet the use of the word "life" dropped off after the first few issues.  I also used the word search to search for more fun words, such as ketchup, mustard and mayo, princess, puppy, etc.  For the most part, my fun words had very little roles in The Little Review.

 

Comments

I also found myself putting in words that were opposite, and I think that was a good way to see what the journal seemed to value more, even though the only way to truly do that is by actually reading it. I think it was also interesting to see, as you mention, that some words that were extremely prevalent in the first couple of issues faded out over time. I think it showed how the journal changed and adapted its style to fit either its changing identity, or society's, whcih I found pretty interesting.

The idea of putting super opposite words together was really interesting and it's something that I tried as well. I also like your point about "life" being a huge focus for the magazine but only being used heavily in the opening issue.