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Voyeur Tools

I have to say, I think the Voyeur Tools is my favorite program that we have looked at in class thus far. I really like the look of the visual representations, and I really appreciate that there are multiple visual representation options. My favorite part, however, is that the program offers the actual statistical data that the visual represents. Particularly in the word trends widget, I like that the frequency of the word is actually shown, and the issue itself is accessible.

For example, I looked up the words art and new. In word trends, I found that art is talked about much more frequently than things being new. This struck me because my last interaction with art was the Prologue to Dorian Grey, which talks about the importance of making things new via art. I understood this idea to be central to the modernist movement. In the word trends, however, I found that the issue with the most uses of the word art is the issue with the fewest uses of the word new. Just from this data I began to think that their definition or explanation of art would be quite different than Oscar Wilde's, and after I looked at the issue for myself, I found that I was right: their definition of art was quite different. I thought that it was fascinating that I was able to see this in nothing more than squiggly lines of a page!

New & Art in The Little Review

 

The relationship that I took a look at is the occurrences of the word "new" and "art" in the MJP corpus of The Little Review.  This relationship is interesting because it is fairly dynamic throughout the magazine's run, with moments that exemplify an inverse relationship - such as between 1914 and 1915 - and also a direct relationship - such as throughout the issues of 1916.  Of particular interest is the response to this early osciallation, with the largest disparity being the first issue of 1917, which is also the low point for "new" and the high point for "art."  While the dynamic relation between the two terms continues, this point of greatest divergence would seem to warrant further inspection.

This large corpus analysis is different than our class discussion of the theme of death in the September 1918 issue of The Little Review, as it returns trends that place a much stronger emphasis on regeneration over decay.  In analyzing this trend throughout the corpus, these tools for large corpus analysis seem to give a new means through which to examine the relationship between The Little Review and World War I that focuses on these larger trends of life and regeneration that permeate the corpus.