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Author Rodrigues, Elizabeth (Librarian), author.

Title Collecting lives : critical data narrative as modernist aesthetic in early twentieth-century U.S. literatures / Elizabeth Rodrigues.

Publication Info. Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2022.


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Description 1 online resource.
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Series Digital culture books
Digital culture books.
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index.
Summary On a near-daily basis, data is being used to narrate our lives. Categorizing algorithms draw from amassed personal data to assign narrative destinies to individuals at crucial junctures, simultaneously predicting and shaping the paths of our lives. Data is commonly assumed to bring us closer to objectivity, but the narrative paths these algorithms assign seem, more often than not, to replicate biases about who an individual is and could become. While the social effects of such algorithmic logics seem new and newly urgent to consider, Collecting Lives looks to the late nineteenth and early twentieth century US to provide an instructive prehistory to the underlying question of the relationship between data, life, and narrative. Rodrigues contextualizes the application of data collection to human selfhood in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century US in order to uncover a modernist aesthetic of data that offers an alternative to the algorithmic logic pervading our sense of data's revelatory potential. Examining the work of W. E. B. Du Bois, Henry Adams, Gertrude Stein, and Ida B. Wells-Barnett, Rodrigues asks how each of these authors draw from their work in sociology, history, psychology, and journalism to formulate a critical data aesthetic as they attempt to answer questions of identity around race, gender, and nation both in their research and their life writing. These data-driven modernists not only tell different life stories with data, they tell life stories differently because of data.
Funding Sponsored by The Eugene B. Power Fund.
Note This work is licensed under the Creative Commons Attribution-Non-Commercial 4.0 International License
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Access Open access
Subject American literature -- 20th century -- Data processing.
American literature -- 20th century -- Research -- Methodology.
Modernism (Literature) -- United States -- 20th century -- Aesthetics.
United States -- Biography -- 20th century -- Data processing.
United States -- Biography -- 20th century -- Research -- Methodology.
American literature -- Research -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst00807238
Biography -- Data processing. (OCoLC)fst01352013
Biography -- Research -- Methodology. (OCoLC)fst00832166
United States. (OCoLC)fst01204155
Chronological Term 1900-1999
Added Author Michigan Publishing (University of Michigan), publisher.
Other Form: Print version: Rodrigues, Elizabeth Collecting lives Ann Arbor : University of Michigan Press, 2022 9780472038909 (DLC) 2021062827
ISBN 9780472902637 (electronic book other)
Standard No. 10.3998/mpub.11618648 doi
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