“Playful Visualizations at Work/Working Visualizations at Play” will challenge the boundaries between the ludic and the useful in visualizations of various literary works. Each of our group members is interested in the use of visualizations to explore a text; however, we are at different stages of our studies and have different visions of how we would like to use (if at all) these visualizations in our research and future teaching experiences. The “play” aspect is what draws us to some of these text analysis tools, but can they be hermeneutic aids as well? What separates an interpretive representation from a visualization used for interpretation?
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