Challenging new views on familiar plotlines: A discussion of the use of XML in the development of a scholarly tool for literary pedagogy

Monica Brown, Teresa Dobson, Dustin Grue, Stan Ruecker

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Abstract

This article describes PlotVisML, a simple, flexible XML schema for encoding literary narratives that was developed by an interdisciplinary team of researchers in literary studies, interface design, computing studies, and education as part of a research project on reading, writing, and teaching complex literary narrative. PlotVisML is a simple, adaptable schema consisting of five key elements: <action>, <dialogue>, and <narration> (tags for marking up narrative events), and <character> and <object> (tags for encoding narrative objects). Fictional narratives that have been marked up using PlotVisML can be visualized in PlotVis, a digital scholarly tool that allows users to model and interact with literary narratives in three dimensions. Both PlotVis, an interactive visualization tool, and PlotVisML, our custom XML schema for encoding literary narratives, were designed to permit challenging new views on familiar plotlines and, more importantly, to depart from conventional ways of modeling narrative in literary instruction. In discussing the process of developing PlotVisML, we contribute to the ongoing discussion of text encoding as a form of close reading (e.g., Liepert, 2009).

Original languageEnglish (US)
Pages (from-to)199-208
Number of pages10
JournalLiterary and Linguistic Computing
Volume28
Issue number2
DOIs
StatePublished - Jun 1 2013
Externally publishedYes

ASJC Scopus subject areas

  • Information Systems
  • Language and Linguistics
  • Linguistics and Language

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