Dickinson Electronic Archives: The Techy Side of Literature.

The Emily Dickinson Electronic Archives (DEA) really puts this great writer in a new light. The website has four goals:

  • Foster a deepened focus on the material bodies of Dickinson’s writings and offer access to the significant printed representations of these bodies.
  • Create a scholarly environment that showcases the possibility of interdisciplinary and collaborative research across genres.
  • Explore the potential of the digital environment to reveal new interpretive contexts—material, cultural, historical, theoretical—for Dickinson’s work.
  • Open a space for a networked world of scholars, students, and readers to expand our methods of reading her writing practices, the genealogies of her reception, and transmissions of her materials.

In simpler terms, EDA seeks to provide access of Dickinson’s work to everyone, while encouraging the importance of collaboration and scholarly work. The most beneficial part of the Archives is the easy access it provides. Since this is an electronic archive, students, teachers, and scholars alike, are able to access manuscripts and commentary on Dickinson’s work in the comfort of their own home. Instead of going to the libraries that home original works, like Amherst College, they are readily available online. I believe that the purpose of this website is very clear and their mission is just as important as what we do in classrooms.

I believe that the website is easy to navigate, considering the vast amount of information it has. I would only wish to see more manuscripts, perhaps original works if it’s possible. However, I believe that the website does have a substantial amount of scholarly work for students to work with. The most important goal of the archive is to give their audience access Dickinson’s work and that in itself is the benefit of having electronic archives.

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