Personal Interface and Feminist Pedagogy at The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition

Jessica DeSpain


Using the editorial collective of students and faculty who collaborate on The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition as a case study, this article considers how the challenges of conducting digital humanities research at Master’s Comprehensive institutions results in positive pedagogical outcomes. The author argues that when faculty involve students in the design and implementation of digital research they engage students in meaningful experiences beyond the classroom that can improve retention rates and help students take ownership over their own learning. Because The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition considers the work of a woman writer from the nineteenth century, the article also addresses how the digital humanities might, under the right conditions, foster women’s interest in pursuing the computer sciences.


digital humanities, faculty/student collaboration, feminist pedagogy

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