Lauren Tuiskula

Lauren Tuiskula is one of seven Digital Humanities undergraduate fellows from the 2016-2017 academic year. At the time of the year-long fellowship, Lauren was a Senior at Amherst College.

Check out Lauren’s project, “Digital Adichie: Identity, Diaspora, and Transmedia Practice”.

Digital Adichie

Identity, Diaspora, and Transmedia Practice

Lauren’s project, titled “Digital Adichie: Identity, Diaspora, and Transmedia Practice,” uses a web form to pair textual and visual elements as means to study the immersive nature of Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie’s Americanah. The scope of her analyses include blogging, the presence of digital communication in the text, and constructed identity.

In Lauren’s words:

In my chapter, “Digital Communications” I explore mostly communication between Ifemelu and Obinze and all those moments of “he sent an email” or “he didn’t send an email” and the way those moments linger in the book, and how they even intensify the spaces in the book. So it got really complicated when I started having those thoughts because I saw that you can have one moment where Ifemelu is utilizing the digital to do what she wants to do and to create a sense of security. But then in another moment, the digital is messing up everything and making her feel a certain discomfort. So the digital swings back and forth between being a thing that creates agency and a thing that has agency