Voyeur

Music in The Egoist and The Crisis

Brooke Boutwell and Miranda Dabney

Brooke and I chose the word Music  to look at in The Egoist and The Crisis.  We originally chose BLAST, but had some issues getting into Voyeur with BLAST, so we chose The Crisis to replace it.  

In The Egoist, some of the most frequent words used were life, man, and new.  From this, we can tell that the magaznie's focus was to talk about humanity and life, what happens in the lives of the readers or people like the readers.  The word "music" peaks in volume 5, issue 6, an issue which also references Poetry and The Little Review.  There are 25.75 uses of the word "music".  Among those mentions of music, there is an article about Debussey.  The issues tied for lowest number of "music" mentions, with zero mentions, are volume 1, issue 2; volume 5, issues 8 and 9; and volume 6, issue 4.

This lab helped us to explore more of what it means to close read using Voyeur tools.  Using the graphs and other tools to track words across different magazines helped to link what different issues focused on as well as figure out where certain words were more prevalent to narrow down issues and articles with the specific interest word.  

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.