Opportunity knocks

NovelTM team member Prof Matthew Wilkens is seeking a postdoctoral fellow to join his group at the University of Notre Dame. Please see Matt’s website for details about the position. Applications can be submitted online.

Academic prestige and publishing

NovelTM Project Director Andrew Piper and Professor Chad Wellmon of the University of Virginia are co-authors on a recently accepted article in the journal Critical Inquiry. “Publication, Power, and Patronage: On Inequality and Academic Publishing” addresses the unequal concentration of elite institutions within prominent humanities journals. A pre-print of the article and access to the new, hand-curated dataset used…

The makings of a bestseller

NovelTM Co-Investigator Matthew Jockers and his research partner Jodie Archer have authored “The Bestseller Code,” a Wall Street Journal Most Anticipated Book of 2016 examining the characteristics of blockbuster novels. In this radio interview, Matt discusses the computer analysis that served as the basis for the book.

Revolution released

Check out NovelTM Co-Investigator Matthew Wilkens’ new book “Revolution: The Event in Postwar Fiction,” published by Johns Hopkins University Press (2016). Congratulations, Matt! We’re looking forward to your next book!

New funding for Textual Geographies project

Congratulations to NovelTM Co-Investigator Matthew Wilkens (University of Notre Dame) on his grant entitled “Textual Geographies” from the National Endowment for the Humanities. The award was just one of eight selected in the February 2016 round of the Digital Humanities Implementation Grant program. The $325,000 award will enable Project Director Prof Wilkens and his team refine a dataset and develop a user interface to extract and…

Mapping the literary and cultural geography of London

NovelTM Partner the Literary Lab at Stanford University has released the 13th in its series of pamphlets. In “The Emotions of London,” Ryan Heuser, Franco Moretti and Erik Steiner break ground in a new field of inquiry for the Lab: literary and cultural geography. Working on a corpus of 5,000 novels penned between 1700 and 1900, the pamphlet charts the uneven…

NovelTM @ MLA 2017

Don’t miss the NovelTM team at the 2017 MLA Convention in Philadelphia, PA, from January 5-8, 2017. Andrew Piper will present “Tempos: Computation and the Time of Reading,” co-authored by Jonathan Sachs (Concordia University), during Session 404, “Reading against Noise,” on Friday, 6 January, from 5:15–6:30 PM. Mark Algee-Hewitt will present “Networks of Response: Citation and Sequence in Nineteenth-Century Periodical…

Geoffrey Rockwell gives keynote at DHCS 2016

Geoffrey Rockwell delivered the keynote address “Information Wants to Be Free, Or Does It? Ethics in the Digital Humanities” on November 12 at the 2016 Chicago Colloquium on Digital Humanities & Computer Science. He also took notes during the 3-day event and has shared them on his Wiki.