NovelTM at MLA 2016

Several members of the NovelTM team will be presenting at the upcoming MLA 2016 conference in Austin, Texas. On Saturday, January 9th, from 1:45-3:00 in 5C, ACC, Mark Algee-Hewitt is presenting “Literary Sociality: Networks of Enlightenment on Stage and in Print”. On Sunday, January 10th, from 10:15-11:30, in 5A, ACC, he is part of a…

Quantifying the Weepy Bestseller

Are commercial novels really more sentimental than literary fiction? NovelTM members Andrew Piper and Richard Jean So consider this question in a recently published article in the New Republic: If you want to be a great writer, should you withhold your sentimental tendencies? The answer for most critics and writers seems to be yes. Sentimentality…

A Text Mining Week at Texas A&M

University of Alberta PhD student (and NovelTM affiliate) Jérémie Pelletier-Gagnon recently participated in NovelTM’s inaugural student exchange. A SSHRC-funded PhD student in Comparative Literature and Humanities Computing, Jérémie spent a week earlier this month at Texas A&M University, where he had the opportunity to work with NovelTM collaborators Dr. Laura Mandell and Nigel Lepianka. He…

How Andrew Piper predicted the Giller Prize

This Fall we created a lab challenge to see if anyone could predict this year’s Giller Prize winner using a computer. The winner was announced last night, and it turns out I correctly predicted the winner. But I still lost the challenge. In this lies an instructive tale about humans, computers, and predicting human behaviour.…

Can a computer predict a literary prize?

This evening the Giller Prize winner will be announced. For those not in the know, the Giller Prize is Canada’s most prestigious literary award. Like the Man Booker in the UK or National Book Award in the US, the Giller Prize serves as a way of signalling to Canadian readers important new fiction. It relies…

NovelTM Second Annual Workshop

NovelTM is very excited to be hosting the second annual workshop on text mining the novel. We are welcoming over 20 digital humanists, students, and industry partners from the U.S. and Canada to Montreal for two days of engaged discussion. Our focus this year is on the question of genre: what makes novels unique as…

Detecting Literary Characters

In conjunction with the Network Dynamics Lab at McGill, Andrew Piper and the .txtLAB team are pleased to announce the acceptance of a new paper in this year’s Conference for Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-15). The paper offers additional methods beyond NER for identifying characters in novels. Below is Andrew’s post from the .txtLAB blog outlining…

Matthew Jockers & Franco Moretti featured in the Boston Review

The Boston Review recently published an article featuring NovelTM member Matthew Jockers, which reviews his recent publications Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History and Text Analysis with R for Students of Literature, and examines his long-term contribution to the digital humanities. An excerpt of the article entitled ” A Science of Literature” by Ben Merriman can be…