About Text in Transit: A guide to genre in popular literature

The Text in Transit project brings together transitory pieces of popular literature: portable, forgettable, ephemeral and tossable. These objects have been undervalued for far too long, and should be regarded as markers of both literary and popular culture. The website provides a taxonomy of the genres of popular literature, and investigates what makes each genre what it is. By navigating through the categories presented, we can recognize and come to understand what ordinary people are reading as they move through their daily lives.

Text in Transit is a subsiduary of the pilot Edmonton Research Project, which examines the wealth of texts circulating at the local level. Through a study of what people here, in Edmonton, are reading today, in 2004, we can situate our city and its population amid readership of the world at large. The Text in Transit site utilizes the Streetprint Engine, also developed in the CRC Humanities Computing Studio, to best catalogue and present visual and textual information about genre and popular literature, in a highly accessible and dynamic format.

Project Staff

Andrea Hasenbank
Email: agh3@ualberta.ca

Andrea has recently completed a combined Honours BA in English and Political Science. Based on her work on this project, she intends to pursue graduate studies in the field of public information and popular literature, which means a dedicated committment to judging books by their covers.

Matthew Ogle
Email: mogle@ualberta.ca

An MA English candidate at the University of Alberta and the creator of Streetprint, Matt enjoys exploring technology's creative and communicative potential. This means he spends too much time on the internet.

About the Streetprint Engine

This website is powered by the Streetprint Engine, the world's most user-friendly free website solution for showcasing, teaching, and archiving of popular print and countless other kinds of collections and artifacts online.

For more information on the Streetprint Engine, visit the engine's home page at Streetprint.org.


Powered by the Streetprint Engine v2.1.   Streetprint Engine ©2004 by Streetprint.org.
Website text 2003-2004 by Andrea Hasenbank. All images are original scans or taken from public promotional material.
Book covers are for sample purposes only and are copyright their original holders.