Welcome to "Looking at Laurie." Click on a path below or read the introduction that follows
Choose your path …
“Looking at Laurie” is imagined as a digital humanities project that offers a host of ways of understand one particular photograph and how that image fits into a larger genre—the depiction of the mentally ill or the use of a photograph as evidence. It’s part theory, part academic exercise and wholly a personal journey.
Toward that end, and making this journey your own, the project is designed, as the illustration above indicates, in a way that allows you to navigate in any way you choose. You might follow the “Begin This Path” prompts at the bottom of each “page” of this “book” or use visualization tools to travel through the media based on photos, specific key word tags, or particular readings. Or, you may see some holes that need filling in this scholarship and take the opportunity to add your own photos and and visual analysis of media through the comment posts.
I hope that fresh insights might arise from this unique (and personalized) mixing of primary source materials and the complementary secondary sources. Ideally, this project may add a deeper, richer experience individually and communally in our thinking about the representation of mental illness.
To begin the project, you may start where you wish or use the navigation under the “Main menu” tools at the left to jump in.