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Dr Francesca Benatti

Profile photograph of Dr Francesca Benatti, Research Fellow in Digital Humanities, The Open University

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Professional biography

I joined The Open University in 2012 as a member of the Arts Faculty and I am now part of the School of Arts and Humanities and the English and Creative Writing Department. I hold a Laurea in Lettere Moderne from the University of Bologna and an MA in English (Literature and Publishing) and PhD from the National University of Ireland, Galway.

My main role in the Faculty is to promote research in the Digital Humanities as the co-leader of DH_OU, the Digital Humanities at The Open University Research Collaboration (web and Twitter). I also lead the OOC DTP Digital Humanities training programme. I am a member of the READ-IT project, the Reading Experience Database, the History of Books and Reading Research Group, the Gender and Otherness in the Humanities (GOTH) Research Centre, the European Romanticism in Association and RÊVE project and the Open Arts Archive. I am also a member of the International Executive Council of centerNet.

During 2014-2019 I led the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age training programme for the CHASE doctoral training partnership. In 2017 I was the Principal Investigator of the A Question of Style project, which was funded by a Research Society for Victorian Periodicals Field Development Grant. In 2016-2019 I was a member of the Executive Committee of the British Association for Romantic Studies (BARS).

 

Research interests

Please note that there are other researchers named Francesca Benatti active in different fields; visit my ORCID for an up-to-date publication list:  ORCID iD iconorcid.org/0000-0002-1456-7812
 

My Digital Humanities research interests are stylometry, text analysis and their applications to the study of literature.

My Literary and Irish Studies research interests are Irish author Thomas Moore (1789-1852), Book History, 19th-century Irish periodicals and newspapers, the history of reading, comic books and graphic novels.

In this short video [1:48 minutes], I introduce myself and my work on the READ-IT project

Teaching interests

I am the author of a unit on Electronic Literature for the A335 Literature in Transition module and of a unit on Neil Gaiman and Charles Vess' ​illustrated novel Stardust for the Level 2 module A233 Telling Stories: The Novel and Beyond. I am currently part of the module team for the new MA in English Literature.

Impact and engagement

I led the Arts and Humanities in the Digital Age (AHDA) training programme for the CHASE doctoral training partnership, which trained over 100 students during 2014-2019.

In 2017-18 I was the Social Media Champion for the School of Arts and Cultures, working to promote the research and teaching activities of the School through social media.

 

External collaborations

I was a Consultant Editor, responsible for web publication, for the Open Arts Journal, an Open University open-access, peer-reviewed journal, during the period 2012-2015.

Before joining The Open University, I worked in University College Dublin and NUI Galway. While in UCD, I taught courses on digital humanities and collaborated with the Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive (IVRLA) on integrating digital resources and teaching.

In NUI Galway, I worked with the Thomas Moore Archive, a project of the Moore Institute, NUI Galway, of which I am joint editor with Prof Sean Ryder and Dr Justin Tonra. For the TMA I developed a digital edition of a selection of Thomas Moore’s prose writings, and designed the web interface of the project.

Research groups

NameTypeParent Unit
Book History and Bibliography Research GroupGroupFaculty of Arts

 

Externally funded projects

A question of style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review and Quarterly Review
RoleStart dateEnd dateFunding source
Lead01 Jan 201731 Oct 2017RSVP The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals

In A Question of Style, we want to assess the assumption that early nineteenth-century periodicals succeeded in creating, through a “transauthorial discourse”, a unified corporate voice that hid individual authors behind an impersonal public text (Klancher 1987). The project focuses on the Edinburgh Review during the period 1814-1820 and employs methods from periodical studies, book history, computational linguistics and computational stylistics. We will utilise Natural Language Processing software and resultant statistics to create stylistic profiles of the Edinburgh Review and its main authors, and our literary and historical interpretation to generate critical knowledge out of our measurements. We will then qualitatively describe the results of this stylistic analysis and evaluate them within the context of both literary scholarship on nineteenth-century periodicals and computational linguistics scholarship. Project outputs will include REF-able journal article(s), digitised articles dataset, project seminars and blog.

Publications

Understanding the phenomenology of reading through modelling (2020)
Antonini, Alessio; Suárez-Figueroa, Mari Carmen; Adamou, Alessandro; Benatti, Francesca; Vignale, François; Gravier, Guillaume and Lupi, Lucia
Semantic Web Journal ((Early Access))


Superhero comics and the digital communications circuit: a case study of Strong Female Protagonist (2019)
Benatti, Francesca
Journal of Graphic Novels and Comics, 10(3) (pp. 306-319)


Smart Cities and M3: Rapid Research, Meaningful Metrics and Co-Design (2018-02)
Bell, Simon; Benatti, Francesca; Edwards, Neil R.; Laney, Robin; Morse, David R.; Piccolo, Lara and Zanetti, Oliver
Systemic Practice and Action Research, 31(1) (pp. 27-53)


English Bards and Unknown Reviewers: a Stylometric Analysis of Thomas Moore and the Christabel Review (2015-10-07)
Benatti, Francesca and Tonra, Justin
Breac: A Digital Journal of Irish Studies, October


Readers and Reading in the First World War (2015-09-30)
Towheed, Shafquat; Benatti, Francesca and King, Edmund G. C.
Yearbook of English Studies, 45 (pp. 239-261)


Postgraduate education (2010)
Benatti, Francesca
Research & Resources in a Digital Age: UCD Irish Virtual Research Library and Archive, 1(1)


Irish patriots and Scottish adventurers: the Irish Penny Journal, 1840-1841 (2009-10)
Benatti, Francesca
Canadian Journal of Irish Studies, 35(2) (pp. 36-41)


Young Ireland and the Superannuated Bard: Rewriting Thomas Moore in The Nation (2019-08-08)
Benatti, Francesca
In: McCleave, Sarah and O'Hanlon, Triona eds. The Reputations of Thomas Moore: Poetry, Music, and Politics. Poetry and Song in the Age of Revolution (pp. 214-234)
ISBN : 9780367353407 | Publisher : Routledge | Published : New York and London


Joining the press-gang: Thomas Moore and the Edinburgh Review (2013-05-23)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin eds. Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext. Reimagining Ireland (24)
ISBN : 978-3-0343-0900-4 | Publisher : Peter Lang | Published : Oxford


Charles Gavan Duffy (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (p 184)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


John Mitchel (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (pp. 419-420)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


Philip Dixon Hardy (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


Samuel Lover (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (pp. 380-381)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


The Ulsterman (1852-1858); later the Irishman (1858-1885) (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


The Shamrock, 1866-1919? (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland (p 569)
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


William Carleton, 1794-1869 (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


William Curry Jnr., d.1870 (2009)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Brake, Laurel and Demoor, Marysa eds. Dictionary of Nineteenth-Century Journalism in Great Britain and Ireland
ISBN : 978-0-7123-5039-6 | Publisher : Academia Press and British Library | Published : Gent and London


Land and landscape in the Dublin Penny Journal, 1832-1833 (2008)
Benatti, Francesca
In: Hooper, Glenn and Ní Bhroiméil, Úna eds. Land and Landscape in Nineteenth-Century Ireland. Nineteenth-Century Ireland Series (pp. 13-24)
ISBN : 978-1-84682-065-6 | Publisher : Four Courts Press | Published : Dublin


Thomas Moore: Texts, Contexts, Hypertext (2013)
Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin eds.
Reimagining Ireland
ISBN : 978-3-0343-0900-4 | Publisher : Peter Lang


Restoration and Repurposing of DH legacy projects: the UK-RED case (2020-07-20)
Antonini, Alessio; Benatti, Francesca and King, Edmund
In : Digital Humanities Conference 2020 (20-24 Jul 2020, Ottawa)


On Links To Be: Exercises in Style #2 (2020-07-13)
Antonini, Alessio; Benatti, Francesca and Blackburn-Daniels, Sally
In : 31st ACM Conference on Hypertext and Social Media (HT’20) (13-15 Jul 2020, Online)


Developing a Community of Practice: The CHASE Model for Digital Humanities Researcher Training (2019-07-09)
Benatti, Francesca; Gooding, Paul and Sillence, Matthew
In : Digital Humanities Conference 2019: Complexities (9-12 Jul 2019, Utrecht, the Netherlands)


Reading in Europe - Challenge and Case Studies of READ-IT Project (2019)
Vignale, François; Benatti, Francesca and Antonini, Alessio
In : Digital Humanities Conference 2019 (9-12 Jul 2019, Utrecht, Netherland)


Modelling Changes in Diaries, Correspondence and Authors’ Libraries to support research on reading: the READ-IT approach (2019)
Antonini, Alessio; Benatti, Francesca; King, Edmund; François, Vignale and Guillaume, Gravier
In : Open Data and Ontologies for Cultural Heritage (ODOCH'19) (3 - Jun -2019, Rome, Italy)


A Question of Style: corpus building and stylistic analysis of the Edinburgh Review and Quarterly Review, 1814-1820 (2018-09)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : DHC (Digital Humanities Congress) 2018 (06-08 Sep 2018, University of Sheffield)


One Year After. A Question of Style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-1820 (2018-07-26)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : RSVP/VSAWC 2018 The Body and the Page in Victorian Culture (26-28 Jul 2018, University of Victoria, British Columbia, Canada)


A (Data) Tale Of Two Faculties (2018)
King, David and Benatti, Francesca
In : Data Conversations (26 Nov 2018, The Open University, UK)


A Question of Style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-1820 (2017-07)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : 49th Annual Conference of The Research Society for Victorian Periodicals: Borders and Border Crossings (27-29 Jul 2017, University of Freiburg, Germany)


Algorithmic criticism, Distant Reading and the Edinburgh Review (2017-07)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : BARS (British Association for Romantic Studies) 2017 Romantic Improvement (27-30 Jul 2017, University of York, UK)


Hidden Authors and Reading Machines: Investigating 19th-century authorship with 21st-century technologies (2017-07)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : SHARP 2017: Technologies of the book (9-12 Jul 2017, University of Victoria, Canada)


A Question of Style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-1820 (2017-06)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : DHSI 2017 Colloquium (6-15 Jun 2017, University of Victoria, Canada)


A Question of Style: individual voices and corporate identity in the Edinburgh Review, 1814-1820 (2016-09)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : Digital Humanities Congress 2016 (8-10 Sep 2016, University of Sheffield, UK)


In Search of the Voice of the Edinburgh Review (2016-06)
Benatti, Francesca and King, David
In : Romantic Voices (22-23 Jun 2016, The Oxford Research Centre in the Humanities, Oxford, UK)


Circuits, Cycles, Configurations: an Interaction Model of Web Comics
Antonini, Alessio; Brooker, Sam and Benatti, Francesca
In : The 13th International Conference on Interactive Digital Storytelling (3-6 Nov 2020, Bournemouth, UK)


The Thomas Moore Archive (2011)
Benatti, Francesca; Ryder, Sean and Tonra, Justin
Moore Institute, National University of Ireland, Galway