About this Digital Annotation Project
¶ 1 Leave a comment on paragraph 1 0 This project is a digital companion to the art book, Chasing the Paper Canoe. The photography and design of the art book are inspired by Nathaniel Bishop’s Voyage of the Paper Canoe (1878; click here for more background on Bishop). To our knowledge, this is the first critically annotated version of Bishop’s text. Since the imaged-based art book contains only small extracts from the original text, as a class, we wanted to say what the art book could not express with images alone. The hypertext medium provided freedom for us to examine the text through audio, images, and interactivity. We decided to use this medium to tackle subjects like vernacular, race, and class through carefully selected critical commentary and annotations. We have focused on one section of Bishop’s text: his journey on the Waccamaw River through South Carolina.
¶ 2 Leave a comment on paragraph 2 0 In dealing with regional and social subjects in Bishop’s text, we noted the sensitivity needed on our part to introduce and analyze some of the more inflammatory content. Many discussions were held about how and why we needed to reproduce the text without editing out the controversial material and compromising the historical coherence of Bishop’s travel narrative. Even though Nathaniel Bishop’s text is a historical document representing the time period, his descriptions of some events during his trip are problematic. We decided to critically analyze the incidents of racism and xenophobia using credited sources in a way that we felt would provide a comprehensive understanding of the historical moment and issues, some of which still ring true today.
¶ 3 Leave a comment on paragraph 3 0 With this being said, we do not want the inclusion of this material to overshadow the other interesting aspects of our research, examples of which include religion, women’s issues, and ideas of Southern hospitality. We wanted to encourage conversation not only in academia, but within the public sphere as well. We have used a textual framework that includes a comment section for outside perspectives.
How to comment on the text:
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- Go to a particular section of the text, click on the bubble beside the paragraph of interest.
- The paragraph you selected will be highlighted in green. A box will appear on the right.
- Write your comment and press “submit comment” button when finished.
- Your comment will now show up as a number beside the paragraph. (All comments are moderated for relevant content)
How to view comments in sections of the text:
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- Click on the Comments tab in any section of the text.
- Click on comment bubbles within the text or in the right hand toolbar to see comments associated with a given section or the text as a whole.
- Comments are indicated by numbers for passages or an entire section of text (ex. “2 comments on paragraph 1”).
¶ 9 Leave a comment on paragraph 9 0 As part of our work on this project, we wanted to include the insights of a scholar of Southern literature. In April 2013, we invited Dr. Daniel Cross Turner, author of Southern Crossings: Poetry, Memory, and the Transcultural South, to participate in a video interview and conversation about our research for the project. This two part dialogue allowed us to pursue questions surrounding language, race, class, and the regional and global significance of historical texts and regional travel writing. Please enjoy: “The Paper Canoe Interview: ‘Globalization Grounded in the Waterways.'”
Bios of Contributors
Ronnie Coco: is a senior BA Musical Theatre Major. As an artist, he is thrilled to be a part of this project as it has already begun to inspire within himself, among other things, a passion for digital mediums and the augmented realities on the forefront of tomorrow’s media. It is through these exciting forms that he believes art, history, and marketing are entering the world of the future as well as the future of our world. This project also allowed him to explore historical background and biographical nuances, as he is quite often fascinated to know about historical figures.
Jackie DeBalfo: Jackie is a junior English major and a Women and Gender Studies minor. Her interest is in technical writing, and she feels this project is allowing her to practice her skills in an interesting way. She thinks this project can also function as a glimpse into the future for other humanities majors now that the digital realm is offering many new opportunities.
Lindsay Falberg: As an English major and New Media minor at Coastal Carolina University, Lindsay thinks this class and project are an exciting representation of what the New Media program has to offer, and how it can combine with more “classic” disciplines like English to produce fresh alternatives in academia.
Lina Leonard: Lina is a junior English major and a Politics minor. She enjoyed this project because of the historical and cultural context surrounding The Voyage of the Paper Canoe. This project is of interest to her because she was able to have hands-on experience in the digital media world. This digital companion allowed her to develop research skills and collaborate with others in a way that is not typically offered in other English courses.
John Lesnick: is a senior English major. While pursuing his undergraduate studies, he has been intimately involved in Coastal Carolina University’s student media, acting as editor-in-chief and assistant editor for Tempo magazine. He was drawn to this project because of it’s relevance to the ever expanding field of digitized media, and its importance to the progression of the university (specifically the launching of The Athenaeum Press), as well as the volatile social issues attached to N.H. Bishop’s text.
Ali Miller: As a junior English major, Ali feels so honored to be able to work on this project. She is on the executive board for the Athenaeum press and was excited to be able to combine her love for the arts and literature with her passion for publishing and media. Ali feels we are helping to pave the way for the new era in digital culture and knows that one day, her contribution and experience in this class will aid her in her future goals and ambitions. Chasing the Paper Canoe is such an interesting piece of history to Ali and she knows that the companion piece will be just the thing to make this text come alive.
Rebecca Shaver: As a senior English major with a minor in New Media and Digital Culture, Rebecca is excited to see the Athenaeum Press and humanities at Coastal Carolina embrace a digital companion to Chasing the Paper Canoe. She feels the students in the humanities are eager to show their talents applied in unconventional and innovative ways, and is particularly interested in how to bring older texts into modern interpretations.
Daniel Wright: As a senior English major Daniel feels this digital humanities project has really added a new dimension to his view of English. He is grateful for the chance to get to see the publishing and editing side of English versus the practice of traditional writing.