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…