Emoji Dick: Prequels and Sequels

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Emoji Dick is a crowd sourced and crowd funded translation of Herman Melville’s Moby Dick into Japanese emoticons called emoji. Each of the book’s approximately 10,000 sentences has been translated three times by a Amazon Mechanical Turk worker. These results have been voted upon by another set of workers, and the most popular version of each sentence has been selected for inclusion in this book. In total, over eight hundred people spent approximately 3,795,980 seconds working to create this book. Each worker was paid five cents per translation and two cents per vote per translation. The funds to pay the Amazon Turk workers and print the initial run of this book were raised from eighty-three people over the course of thirty days using the funding platform Kickstarter.

The Literary Studies Speaker Series Presents Lisa Lowe and a Discussion of Archives, Ports, Museums on May 18th

The DePaul Department of English and the Literary Studies Speaker Series invite you to a talk given by Lisa Lowe, Professor of English and American Studies at Tufts University. Lowe is the author of Immigrant Acts: On Asian American Cultural Politics and the coeditor of The Politics of Culture in the Shadow of Capital, both also published by Duke University Press.

Her most recent book is The Intimacies of Four Continents (Duke University Press, 2015).

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Literary Studies Speaker Series Welcomes Dr. Carolyn Goffman, Wednesday January 27th


The DePaul University Department of English Literary Studies Speaker Series welcomes Dr. Carolyn Goffman on Wednesday, Jan. 27th at 4:30pm. Dr. Goffman will give a talk entitled “Repurposing the American Mission”.

Carolyn Goffman specializes in postcolonial literature and theory, with a particular interest in womens education in the Middle East. She researches and writes on American missionary educators and their students in the Ottoman Empire, and she has spent much time in Turkey. Her teaching interests include World Literature, the twentieth-century postcolonial novel, and postcolonial theory. Currently, she is investigating early twentieth-century foreign education in China and its parallels to American projects in the Ottoman Empire. Dr. Goffman directs the graduate Internship and Certificate program in Teaching English in the Two Year College.