These sites are really excellent models of digital humanities projects. They each approach digitally interacting with Austen in a different way, while all showcasing the adaptability of Austen’s text. Two of the sites use interactive maps to trace the trajectory of Austen’s life and her works. The other site is a digital recreation of a library that Austen would have interacted with, showcasing photographs and bibliographic information. These sites show how rigorous humanities can be accessible to audiences that are not primarily academic.
Reading with Austen
Overview: “Reading with Austen” digitally recreates the Library of Godmersham Park, the estate of her brother Edward Austen Knight. The virtual library is based on handwritten accounts and allows viewers to experience the library as Austen would have. It includes both bibliographic information on the texts and photographs when available.
Creators: Burney Center-McGill University and Chawton House
Website URL: http://www.readingwithausten.com/south-wall.html.
Jane Austen's Footsteps
Overview: “Jane Austen’s Footsteps” is an interactive map, created with StoryMapsJS, tracing the locations where Austen lived and visited throughout her lifetime. Each location is accompanied by a picture and a brief paragraph on the importance it held to Austen.
Creators: Smithsonian, article by Katie Nodjimbadem
Website URL: https://www.smithsonianmag.com/arts-culture/take-stroll-through-jane-austens-england-interactive-map-180964030/.
Jane Austen in Community
Overview: “Jane Austen in Community” is a project that places Northanger Abbey in two different kinds of community. The project had two goals: the first is to contextualize the novel; and the second, to integrate the information with discussion guides and reading questions for community reading groups. The website is a really great example of digital humanities and how digital projects can have direct interactions with the community.
Creators: Professor Bridget Draxler (St. Olaf College), and students Sarah Hindman, Joseph Putnam, and Elissa Temme
Website URL: https://pages.stolaf.edu/janeaustenincommunity/.