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Natalie Houston

Houston-Natalie
Natalie HoustonAssociate Professor

Education

  • Ph D: English Literature, (1998), Duke University
  • MA: English Literature, (1990), University of Chicago
  • BA: Comparative Literature, (1989), University of Virginia

Biography

Natalie Houston's current research uses computational methods (including network analysis, machine learning, stylometry, and data visualization) to explore the cultural function of poetry within Victorian print culture. This research is organized into three core projects: The Visual Page as Interface examines the graphic codes of page layout; The Field of Victorian Poetry analyzes the bibliographic codes conveyed in books understood as material objects; and Understanding Victorian Poetic Style addresses the linguistic codes of poetic form. She recently directed an NEH-funded project to develop VisualPage, a software application to identify and analyze visual features in digitized printed books. She is also a Co-Director and Technical Director for the Periodical Poetry Index, a research database of citations to English-language poems published in nineteenth-century periodicals. Her research on Victorian poetry and print culture has appeared in journals such as Victorian Studies, Victorian Poetry, and the Yale Journal of Criticism. She contributes regular columns on productivity, pedagogy, and technology to the ProfHacker blog hosted by the Chronicle of Higher Education.

Awards and Honors

  • Women's Studies Graduate Scholar (1998) - Duke University
  • Graduate Fellow, Center for Teaching and Learning (1995) - Duke University
  • English Department Fellowship (1992) - Duke University
  • Departmental Honors, Department of English (1990) - University of Chicago
  • Jonathan D. Steiner Prize (1990) - University of Chicago
  • Echols Scholar (1989) - University of Virginia
  • Mellon Fellow in the Humanities (1989)
  • Phi Beta Kappa (1989)

Publications

  • Houston, N. (2016) "Reading the Visual Page in the Digital Archive," Edinburgh: Edinburgh University Press. pp. 36-50
  • Houston, N. (2015) "Imposter Phenomenon," Springer pp. 73–81
  • Houston, N. (2015) "Visualizing the Cultural Field of Victorian Poetry," Springer pp. 121–141
  • Houston, N., Beetham, M. (2014) "Introduction to the Special Issue: Tradition and the New," Victorian Periodicals Review 47:4 pp. 535–537
  • Houston, N. (2014) "Toward a Computational Analysis of Victorian Poetics," Victorian Studies 56:3 pp. 498-510
  • Houston, N., Beetham, M. (2014) "Tradition and the New [Special Issue]," Victorian Periodicals Review 47:4 pp. 535-537
  • Houston, N., Audenaert, N. (2013) "Reading the Visual Page of Victorian Poetry," Digital Humanities
  • Audenaert, N., Houston, N. (2013) "VisualPage: Towards large scale analysis of nineteenth-century print culture,"
  • Houston, N., Lawrence, L., Patrick, A. (2012) "Bibliographic Databases and" The Golden Stream": Constructing the Periodical Poetry Index," Victorian Review 38:2 pp. 69–80
  • Houston, N., Lawrence, L., Patrick, A. (2012) "Teaching and Learning with the Periodical Poetry Index," Victorian Periodicals Review 45:2 pp. 224–227
  • Houston, N. (2012) "What Can Digital Reading Tell Us about the Material Places of Victorian Poetry?," 6:
  • Houston, N. (2011) "Marianne Van Remoortel. Lives of the Sonnet, 1787-1895: Genre, Gender and Criticism," Romanticism and Victorianism on the Net 59-60
  • Abrams, L., Houston, N., Sanders, M., Rix, K., Worboys, M., Thorsheim, P., Glendening, J., Baker, S., Freedgood, E., Clark, G., others, . (2010) "10. The Mighty Scot: Nation, Gender, and the Nineteenth-Century Mystique of Scottish Masculinity, by Maureen M. Martin (pp. 634-635)," Victorian Studies 52:4
  • Houston, N. (2010) "The Crimean War in the British Imagination (review)," Victorian Studies 52:4 pp. 636–637
  • Houston, N. (2008) "Newspaper Poems: Material Texts in the Public Sphere," Victorian Studies 50:2 pp. 233–242
  • Houston, N. (2006) "John Holmes. Dante Gabriel Rossetti and the Late Victorian Sonnet Sequence: Sexuality, Belief and the Self," The Review of English Studies 57:231 pp. 553–554
  • Houston, N. (2002) "Affecting Authenticity: Sonnets from the Portuguese and Modern Love," Studies in the Literary Imagination 35:2 pp. 99
  • Houston, N. (2002) "Anthologies and the Making of the Poetic Canon," Wiley Online Library
  • Houston, N. (2001) "Capturing the moment: a cultural history of the Victorian sonnet," UMI Dissertation Services
  • Houston, N. (2001) "Reading the Victorian Souvenir: sonnets and photographs of the Crimean War," The Yale Journal of Criticism 14:2 pp. 353–383
  • Houston, N. (1999) "Valuable by Design: Material Features and Cultural Value in Nineteenth-Century Sonnet Anthologies," Victorian Poetry 37:2 pp. 243–272
  • Houston, N. (1996) "George Eliot’s material history: Clothing and realist narrative," Studies in the Literary Imagination 29:1 pp. 23

Presentations

  • What Makes This a Pre-Raphaelite Poem? An Experiment in Classification - North American Victorian Studies Association, November 2014 - Ontario, Canada
  • The Place of Poetry in Periodicals of the 1860s - Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, September 2014 - Newark, DE
  • Enjambment and the Poetic Line: Towards a Computational Poetics - Digital Humanities 2014, July 2014
  • Alt. - Teaching outside the Classroom through Digital Humanities: Alt-Academic Feminism, January 2014 - Chicago, IL
  • What Does Style Really Mean? A Comparative Analysis of the Poetry of Christina Rossetti and Elizabeth Barrett Browning, January 2014 - Chicago, IL
  • Towards a Computational Analysis of Victorian Poetics - North American Victorian Studies Association, October 2013
  • Reading the Visual Page of Victorian Poetry - Digital Humanities 2013, July 2013
  • New Tools for Understanding Victorian Poetry with Network Graphs - Victorian Poetry: Forms and Fashions, April 2013
  • Visualizing the Cultural Field of Victorian Poetry with Network Graphs - North American Victorian Studies Association, September 2012
  • Making Numbers Meaningful: Visualizing Mary Elizabeth Braddon's Presence in Victorian Periodicals - Research Society for Victorian Periodicals, September 2012
  • Digitally Reading Poetry Within Victorian Media Culture - Victorian Studies Association of Western Canada, May 2012
  • What Can 'Digital Reading' Tell Us About the Material Places of Victorian Poetry?, January 2012
  • Beyond Expanding the Canon: What 'Digital Reading' Can Tell us About Victorian Poetry - North American Victorian Studies Association, November 2011
  • Happiness Hacking - Hacking the Professon: Academic Self-Help in an Age of Crisis, January 2011 - Los Angeles, CA
  • Methodology, Scale, and the Digital: Analyzing Victorian Poetry's Visual Codes - North American Victorian Studies Association, November 2010