This project examines how network visualizations can be used as a literary analysis tool. I created character network graphs for three comic series by writer Brian K. Vaughn and used them to analyze the character structure in both the individual comics and across Vaughn’s work as a whole. This involved creating data sets and visualizations, analyzing them, inviting others to analyze them, and making edits based on user feedback. This project allowed me to take my undergraduate background in Writing and Literature and look at through an Information Science lens.
This project could also be replicated in a high school English classroom as a collaborative effort between the school’s Library Media Specialist and the classroom instructor.