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Jenna’s Bartleby Story

The process of making the computer voiced Bartleby was frustrating, and perhaps rewarding for overcoming the frustration. Within our group we had differing interpretations of the text and therefore had to work to come up with a concept that satisfied us all. It seemed that we were all down with the using computer voices for the characters other than Bartleby as a metaphor for the machine of capitalism. However, some group members had more sympathy for the narrator than others. Through our meeting before class last week I felt that we were at an artistic impasse. While that was no fun, once we’d arrived at a solution, I felt a real thrill at having worked through issues.

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nice collection of materials on Amasa Delano

Here’s a patchy site that has collected a great little trove of useful materials on Delano for our annotation project.

For a more robust search, check out America’s Historical Newspapers, a searchable collection of newspapers from Delano’s era accessible via Hunter’s library. Here’s a look at what I quickly slurped up in 5 mins of searching; I’m sure you can find more:

  1. Vermont Centinel
    Publication Date: September 2, 1807
    Published As: Vermont Centinel, Burlington, Vermont
    Headline: From a Boston Paper. Tribute of Respect
    Article Type: Letters
  2. Republican Watch-Tower
    Publication Date: September 1, 1807
    Published As: Republican Watch-Tower., New York, New York
    Headline: [Capt. Amasa Delano; Perseverance; Boston; King; Spain; Gold Medal; Majesty’s; Spanish]
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  3. Mercantile Advertiser
    Publication Date: August 27, 1807
    Published As: Mercantile Advertiser, New York, New York
    Headline: [Captain Amasa Delano; Perseverance; Boston; King; Spain; Oold Medal; Majesty’s; Pacific]
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  4. Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser
    Publication Date: August 25, 1807
    Published As: Poulson’s American Daily Advertiser., Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
    Headline: To Which Letter, Capt. Daland, through the Morning of Mr. Council Stoughton, Turned the following Answer Boston, Aug. 8, 1807
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  5. Portsmouth Oracle
    Publication Date: August 22, 1807
    Published As: Portsmouth Oracle, Portsmouth, New Hampshire
    Headline: Boston, August 8, 1807
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  6. Public Advertiser
    Publication Date: August 22, 1807
    Published As: The Public Advertiser, New York, New York
    Headline: Boston August 3, 1807
    Article Type: Letters
  7. Public Advertiser
    Publication Date: August 22, 1807
    Published As: The Public Advertiser, New York, New York
    Headline: Tribute of Respect
    Article Type: Letters
  8. Salem Gazette
    Publication Date: August 21, 1807
    Published As: SALEM GAZETTE., Salem, Massachusetts
    Headline: [Commodore Preble; Capt. Amasa Delano; Perserver; Boston; King; Spain; Gold; Medal]
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  9. Newburyport Herald
    Publication Date: August 21, 1807
    Published As: NEWBURYPORT HERALD., Newburyport, Massachusetts
    Headline: [Capt. Amasa Delano; Perseverance; Boston; South America]
    Article Type: News/Opinion
  10. Spooner’s Vermont Journal
    Publication Date: December 22, 1806
    Published As: Spooner’s Vermont Journal., Windsor, Vermont
    Headline:
    Article Type: Advertisement