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The Black Book Interactive Project (BBIP) Overview

[By Kenton Rambsy]

The Black Book Interactive
Project (BBIP) focuses on African American novels published from the mid-19th
through the early 20th century novels, creating a tool that allows a comparison
of thematic and stylistic elements, ideas and language use. Relying on
text-mining software, mapping and geo-tagging, we can make striking
observations about a large number of texts. Scholars, researchers and students will
be able to ask more specific questions about individual texts in relationship
to the larger group and to map literary trends more precisely. The ultimate
goal for this interactive database is to allow us to customize our research
questions and topics related to black novels by demonstrating the consistency
and transformation of ideas and patterns across time, especially as black
writing becomes more professionalized and gains increased credibility within
our culture.