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Claire's Project Details

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Background and Previous Work:

My chosen work is the 1964[1] novel, La tumba by Mexican author, José Agustín.  La tumba is Agustín’s first novel, and was written when he was just sixteen years old.  It is often credited as the first novel of the “onda” period in Mexico.  My previous visualizations and deformances of the work have been made with tools such as the word tree from IBM’s Many Eyes software (Figure 1), and manually, such as my color deformance of the presence of female characters in the novel (Figure 2).  However, for this new project, I would like to use new tools and examine different aspects of the text.


Figure 1: Many Eyes word tree of name, Berta                                            Figure 2: Entire novel color-coded by presence of female characters



The main goal of our "Ludic Analytics" project is to examine the relationships between the aesthetic and useful qualities of visualizations.  As such, we plan to create one visualization we dub as "pretty" and one as "useful."  In order to document this process, will have created a blog, http://ludicanalytics.wordpress.com/ , on which we will post our progress and any problems or questions we might have.  


The visualizations on which I plan to focus will examine the dialog in the text and also the geographical spaces that are mentioned within the text.  One aspect for which La tumba is famous, is for its use of dialog, which was revolutionary at the time.  Because of this, I find it an important aspect to investigate. Additionally, a mapping of the text through its locations provides a deeper understanding of the urban setting of the novel.


Because this project deals with the greater concept of the validity or usefulness of visualizations compared to their aesthetic value, I will use the visualizations that I create of La tumba as a jumping off point for discussion. 



Claire's Visualizations



Works Cited:


---.  La tumba.  México, D.F.:  Organización Editorial Novaro S.A., 1966.


[1] The novel was written in 1961, first published in 1964, and a second, and slightly different edition was published in 1966.  The 1966 edition is considered the definitive edition and it is the one I will cite for this project. 

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