The ZSR Library DH@Wake Speaker Series, in conjunction with Special Collections & Archives and the Wake Forest Department of English, is pleased to host a lecture by Dr. Kenneth Price, University of Nebraska-Lincoln, on Tuesday, September 24 at 4:00 pm in ZSR 404. A reception and Walt Whitman pop-up exhibit in the Special Collections Reading Room will follow.
Dr. Price is the Hillegas University Professor of American Literature, Co-director of The Walt Whitman Archive, and Co-director of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln. His talk, “‘Many long dumb voices…clarified and transfigured’: The Walt Whitman Archive and the Scholarly Edition in the Digital Age,” will focus on his work editing the Whitman Archive:
The Walt Whitman Archive strives to achieve the most comprehensive treatment yet of Whitman’s writings. But is this a promise to edit all of Whitman? And, if so, what does ‘all’ entail anyway? This talk emphasizes the challenges digital archives offer to the practices and priorities of the editors of the past, and argues that these challenges can encourage new interpretive approaches to literary history. It stresses the importance of hearing multiple voices within Whitman, thereby highlighting the collaborative creation of many of his writings. Turning away from the common depiction of Whitman as a solitary innovator, I consider his role as a collaborative creative force.
Please join us for the inaugural DH@Wake Speaker Series lecture on September 24 at 4:00!