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University of Virginia (Charlottesville, VA 22903-4833)
Stephen Railton (Project Director: December 2015 to present)
Worthy N. Martin (Co Project Director: February 2016 to present)
Implementing Digital Yoknapatawpha

Continued development of the website that will map Yoknapatawpha County, the fictional setting of novels by William Faulkner, with links to places, characters, and events in the novels, as a resource for scholars, teachers, and students.

Underway since 2011, Digital Yoknapatawpha is a collaboration of 35 Faulkner scholars from 34 colleges and universities with a highly experienced digital humanities team at the University of Virginia. During the 3-year grant period this team will: complete the analysis of every location, character and event in Faulkner’s Yoknapatawpha fictions—14 novels and 54 stories; enhance the project’s display and search capabilities; and publish its scholarly results online, in print and through conference presentations. As both resource and publication, the project will create transformative pathways into and yield new critical insights about one of the nation’s central imaginative accomplishments. Faulkner’s quest to create modern art out of American history, his long engagement with major social issues like slavery and race, and with challenging experimental forms of narrating time and space provide a perfect site for constructing new modes of scholarly interpretation.

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Project fields:
American Literature

Collaborative Research

Research Programs

$286,000 (approved)
$286,000 (awarded)

Grant period:
10/1/2016 – 9/30/2020