The Literary Data Gallery

By Howard Rambsy II

As part of our Black Literature Network grant funded by the Mellon Foundation, my brother Kenton Rambsy and I created the Literary Data Gallery — a resource showcasing visualizations about black creative works, creative artists, and literary scholars. The Gallery gives us an opportunity to manifest literary data work.

So far, we have worked with designers to produce several different kinds of compositions. Scrollytelling visualizations, bar chart races, animations, a sunburst chart, tree maps, and bubble charts. All of our compositions have relied on datasets that we produced focusing on black literature, literary history, and literary studies.