Novel Worlds Conference 2018

Thursday, October 18 – Saturday, October 20, 2018 Montreal, QC The aim of the conference is to begin the long overdue conversation between data-driven research and literary scholarship more generally. The particular theme of the conference will center around the question of “worlds”: How are we to think about the worlds of the novel, either…

NovelTM Graduate Students at the University of Notre Dame

In May 2017, three NovelTM graduate students – Kaitlin Cruz, Melanie Walsh and Lisa Teichmann – met up in South Bend, Indiana, with Textual Geographies project director Matthew Wilkens for a week-long workshop dedicated to learning and exploring a range of geographical text analysis methods and tools, some of which are used in the NEH-funded…

New Cultural Analytics Journal Article “Beyond Poet Voice. Sampling the (Non-) Performance Styles of 100 American Poets” by Marit J. MacArthur, Georgia Zellou, and Lee M. Miller

The poetry reading has, for decades, been an unavoidable aspect of the professional poet’s life. And the institutionalization of creative writing, government sponsorship of the arts, access to audio and video recording technologies, and the digitization of audio recordings, have accelerated the number of poetry readings and provided scholars with greater access to recordings of…

Access Workshop 2017

McGill is very pleased to host the fourth annual NovelTM workshop here in Montreal. This year’s theme is “Access” where we will be discussing issues surrounding the accessibility of literary data and code. What kinds of metadata do we consider necessary for the study of literature? How can we make sure our data is representative…

NovelTM represents at Around the World

NovelTM co-investigators Prof Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) and Prof Laura Mandell (Texas A&M) spoke at the Around the World Conference on May 4, 2017. This year’s theme “Digital Media in a Post-Truth Era” explored how digital media has challenged the notion of truth. Round-table discussions and graduate student presentations, including those by Robert Budac and Sonja…

A winning team

Congratulations to NovelTM team members Geoffrey Rockwell (Alberta) and Stéfan Sinclair (McGill) on receiving the Outstanding Achievement Award for Computing in the Arts and Humanities at the 2017 Canadian Society for Digital Humanities Conference on May 29-31. The award recognized their groundbreaking work on Voyant Tools 2.0 and their book “Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the…

Text-mining under the Texas sun

In December, PhD student Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon (University of Alberta) exchanged snow for sun along with many text-mining ideas and tricks of the trade during his visit with Prof Laura Mandell and members of the Texas A&M NovelTM team. Read about what he learned on his blog, Playing in Public / Jouer en Public: A Text Mining Week at Texas A&M Part 1 and Part 2.