Canon/Archive. Large-scale Dynamics in the Literary Field

The Stanford Literary Lab has recently released Pamphlet 11: Canon/Archive. Large-scale Dynamics in the Literary Field.

Of the novelties introduced by digitization in the study of literature, the size of the archive is probably the most dramatic: we used to work on a couple of hundred nineteenth-century novels, and now we can analyze thousands of them, tens of thousands, tomorrow hundreds of thousands. It’s a moment of euphoria, for quantitative literary history: like having a telescope that makes you see entirely new galaxies. And it’s a moment of truth: so, have the digital skies revealed anything that changes our knowledge of literature?

Read the pamphlet here