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…

Ecologies of Publishing Futures

Andrew Piper recently gave the keynote address at the Ecologies of Publishing Futures Symposium at the Royal College of Art, London. Entitled “The Distributed Book,” the lecture addressed issues around publishing past and future, such as analogue and digital forms of publishing and the influences of technology. Ecologies of Publishing Futures was a one-day international…