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Humanist Archives: Jan. 18, 2019, 7:16 a.m. Humanist 32.355 - scholarship on graffiti

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    [1]    From: Jim Rovira 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.347: scholarship on graffiti (55)

    [2]    From: Annette Vee 
           Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.342: scholarship on graffiti? (22)

        Date: 2019-01-17 16:26:53+00:00
        From: Jim Rovira 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.347: scholarship on graffiti

There's a great DH project out there about graffiti that has created a
virtual reproduction of a US city, photographed the graffiti in it, and
then superimposed the photographs on the virtual buildings. From there it
can associate specific visual symbols and text with specific physical
locations in the city. I heard about it in an MLA panel some years back --
 I think 2014 in Chicago. I suspect it was a roundtable. I've posted below
the DH listings at the MLA that year in case anyone wants to try to track
it down. I scrolled through the panels, and nothing looked familiar. No
hits for searches on "graffiti," and the only specifically geospatial panel
wasn't the one I attended.


Jim R
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        Date: 2019-01-17 11:29:47+00:00
        From: Annette Vee 
        Subject: Re: [Humanist] 32.342: scholarship on graffiti?

The book _Taking the Train: How Graffiti Art Became an Urban Crisis in New
York City_ by Joe Austin (Columbia, 2001) is a great read on the history
and culture of graffiti in NYC in the 1970s. As a scholar of writing, I
especially appreciate the way he talks about it as *writing* in a
particular medium. Practitioners call it just "writing," and Austin
examines the evolution of this kind of writing to "the graffiti problem."
As someone who lives in a city, it's made me think about graffiti
differently; it's one of those rare books that intrigued me both as a
scholar and a person in the world.

I've taught chapters from the book in a grad-level "Materialities of
Writing" course, with the theme of "marginalia" and "unwanted" writing and
alongside work on spam, student marginalia in textbooks, and Renaissance
readers' notes (syllabus here

Annette Vee
Associate Professor of English
University of Pittsburgh

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