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…

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…

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,…