Elizabeth Cornell is a Post-Doctoral fellow in English at Fordham University, where she teaches literature and composition classes. She plans and coordinates digital humanities conferences, workshops, and talks for faculty, graduate students, and staff, and she is a founder of the school’s Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group. In addition, she serves as Project Coordinator for the Keywords Collaboratory and is a co-editor of the hybrid Keywords in American Cultural Studies, edited by Glenn Hendler and Bruce Burgett and to be published online and in print by NYU Press in 2014. She is also a contributing editor to the Digital Yoknapatawpha Project (UVA Library’s Digital Media Center).
“The Einstein Phenomenon: Modern American Literature and the Popularization of Relativity Theory” argues that Einstein’s theory of relativity contributed to the development of American modernism. Via extensive archival work, this study investigates Einstein’s novel concepts of space, time, and light as they appeared in popularized form appeared in newspapers, magazines, and books written for nonscientific audiences. I argue that William Faulkner, Robert Frost, William Carlos Williams, and Louis Untermeyer encountered Einstein’s ideas in these popular contexts and reimagined them in their work. Although the new physics may seem too abstract and specialized a field to have influenced literary production, its concepts offered writers new ways to think about narrative structures and poetic forms, and helped them navigate and respond to an increasingly alienating and technologized world. This study thus offers a new picture of American literature as shaped by physics and highlights historical ties between the sciences and the humanities.
The Fordham Graduate Student Digital Humanities Group
In fall of 2012 I founded a new group for graduate students at Fordham who wish to explore digital humanities methods and practices. The group will organize study groups, workshops, and conferences, sponsor outside speakers, and provide outreach to undergraduates with an interest in digital humanities work.
The Keywords Collaboratory
The Keywords Collaboratory is a wiki-based space where classes and other groups collaborate on keywords assignments that take their method, focus, or inspiration from the essays published in Keywords for American Cultural Studies, edited by Bruce Burgett and Glenn Hendler. As Project Coordinator, I manage the Keywords for American Cultural Studies site and set up space in the Collaboratory for classes and provide assistance to instructors using the MediaWiki.
- Proven experience with developing, researching, teaching, and managing innovative educational programming for undergraduates, including assignments that integrate technology with reading and writing, as well as using my technological expertise to design multiple websites, wikis, and social networks for educational purposes.
- Possesses a strong leadership focus proven from experience motivating and directing diverse groups in an academic, liberal arts setting, including planning and overseeing multiple conferences and training workshops, leading 20 small groups of undergraduates at one time, and successfully raising and managing event funds.
- Excellent communication and writing skills, with over 20 years of experience that includes blogging, web and print publicity, copyediting, proofreading, manuscript development, developing a hybrid book project, and photo editing. Comfort with public speaking from teaching, leading workshops, and delivering dozens of papers.
These libraries contain links to thousands of online resources for teaching, researching, writing, and reading with technology. I regularly use them in my classroom and for my own work.
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