In this talk, I'll explain how digital archiving can amplify and challenge some earlier forms of literary canon-making, particularly the practice of compiling and disseminating literary anthologies. Historically presenting themselves as repositories of "the best that has been thought and said," anthologies can, in digital spaces, radically transform (capital-L) Literature by opening the field up to writers and readers usually excluded by formal academic and publishing institutions. I'll discuss my new project, Writing of Indigenous New England (indnewengland.omeka.net), which intends to build the capacities of tribal communities, local historical societies, and students for preserving and curating indigenous literary traditions. I'll also discuss the pros and cons of using Omeka, designed originally for public-history projects, in literary work.
Siobhan Senier, of the University of New Hampshire, is Associate Professor of English, a Faculty Fellow in the Sustainability Institute, and current holder of the James H. and Claire Short Hayes Chair in the Humanities. She is the author of Voices of American Indian Assimilation and Resistance, and of articles in American Literature, MELUS, New England Quarterly, and other journals. Her anthology, Dawnland Voices: Writing of Indigenous New England, is forthcoming from the University of Nebraska Press; and the basis for the website, Writing of Indigenous New England.