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Geoffrey Rockwell at the University of Verona

Dr. Geoffrey Rockwell is finishing up three months as a Visiting Professor at the University of Verona. While there he lectured on Text Editing and Analytics in the Digital Humanities and Why the Digital Humanities Matter. He also ran a seminar for PhD students on Ethics and Big Data that made the case for the…

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How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?

We wrote a program to analyze hundreds of works by authors with and without creative-writing degrees. The results were disappointing. Published in the Atlantic by Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper This year, about 20,000 people applied to study creative writing at MFA programs in the U.S. It’s a funny fact to consider, given that the…

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The Devoir Challenge. How to write like an American Bestseller

by ANDREW PIPER When the books editor of Le Devoir, Catherine Lalonde, called to ask if my lab would supply a data-driven guide on how to write like a bestseller, I enthusiastically said yes. But I expected everyone else would say no. Surely writers will be allergic to data. And surely Quebecois and Canadian writers won’t want to…

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Postdoctoral Fellowship in Computational Literary Geography

University of Notre Dame: College of Arts & Letters: English POSTDOCTORAL FELLOWSHIP IN COMPUTATIONAL LITERARY GEOGRAPHY Location: Notre Dame Main Campus The Textual Geographies project at the University of Notre Dame, in collaboration with the Text Mining the Novel project, solicits applications for a 12-month postdoctoral fellowship in computational literary geography. The fellow will pursue her or…

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The Instability of Gender

By Ted Underwood and David Bamman 1500-word abstract of a paper delivered Sat, Jan 9th, at MLA 2016, in a panel with Deidre Lynch and Andrew Piper. By visualizing course evaluations, Ben Schmidt has reminded us how subtly (and irrationally) descriptions of real people are shaped by gendered expectations. Men are praised for being funny,…

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Send Us Your Rejected Manuscripts!

Donate your ideas to science not Facebook! Every day we post valuable information to social media sites. These platforms use that information to learn all sorts of things about us. But they never share that learning back with us. We want to start a new culture of idea donation in which the knowledge gained is…

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Canon/Archive. Large-scale Dynamics in the Literary Field

The Stanford Literary Lab has recently released Pamphlet 11: Canon/Archive. Large-scale Dynamics in the Literary Field. Of the novelties introduced by digitization in the study of literature, the size of the archive is probably the most dramatic: we used to work on a couple of hundred nineteenth-century novels, and now we can analyze thousands of them,…