Coming back from Vienna and a conference on poet and Shakespeare-translator Ludwig Tieck, I also sent my sole German paper on visualization of correspondences to the editor and am preparing to crash-write a paper on network visualization for the study of Henriette Herz (a follow-up to last summer’s conference, where Selma Jahnke gave the main paper under both our names). In the three cases, I emphasized the role of intellectual genealogies in the study of intellectual networks.
Genealogies have the advantage of being a precisely definable category, one with which one can operate, be it in terms of visualization or for interpretation in general. In that, they are much handier than the category “network”, even if they are by far less powerful. But sometimes it is a good idea to start with what is easier to handle and get to the more complex in a second step.
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