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Investigating Crime in the Vector Space of Early Modern Women’s Writing

Investigating Crime in the Vector Space of Early Modern Women’s Writing

by Lara Rose, PhD Student: Literature, Northeastern University This post is part of the Women Writers Project sub-project that explores the intersection of text encoding and text analysis using word embedding models. For brief explanations and early explorations, please see this post by Elizabeth Polcha, and this post by Jonathan Fitzgerald. “When a woman killed her husband, it was petty treason—a crime against the nation—When a man killed his wife, it was only murder.” -Professor Marina Leslie, on gender and…

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“My Master” : Interracial colonial encounters in Women Writers Online

“My Master” : Interracial colonial encounters in Women Writers Online

By Elizabeth Polcha, English Department PhD Candidate and WWP Research & Encoding Specialist This publication set calls attention to the complexity of settler colonialism and imperialism in women’s writing between the early eighteenth and the mid nineteenth-centuries, particularly in regards to representations of interracial relations. One of the earliest texts in this set, Elizabeth Hanson’s God’s Mercy Surmounting Man’s Cruelty (1728), is a captivity narrative in which Hanson shows both gratitude and affection for the indigenous people who have taken…

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