New Article in the Journal of Cultural Analytics: “Nation, Ethnicity, and the Geography of British Fiction, 1880-1940” by Elizabeth F. Evans and Matthew Wilkens

Among the most pressing problems in modernist literary studies are those related to Britain’s engagement with the wider world under empire and to its own rapidly evolving urban spaces in the years before the Second World War. In both cases, the literary-geographic imagination—or unconscious—of the period between 1880 and 1940 can help to shed light on…

New Cultural Analytics Journal Article “Self Repetition and East Asian Literary Modernity, 1900-1930” by Hoyt Long, Anatoly Detwyler, and Yuancheng Zhu

Histories of East Asian literary modernity have often begun as historiographies of the narrative self. For some scholars, the emergence of a decidedly self-referential mode of fiction in the early twentieth century is part and parcel of what defines this modernity. In Japan there was the “I-novel”; and in China, Romantic fiction. The two are recognized…

New Cultural Analytics Journal Article “Beyond Poet Voice. Sampling the (Non-) Performance Styles of 100 American Poets” by Marit J. MacArthur, Georgia Zellou, and Lee M. Miller

The poetry reading has, for decades, been an unavoidable aspect of the professional poet’s life. And the institutionalization of creative writing, government sponsorship of the arts, access to audio and video recording technologies, and the digitization of audio recordings, have accelerated the number of poetry readings and provided scholars with greater access to recordings of…

The Identity Issue in Cultural Analytics

The NovelTM group is pleased to announce a special issue of Cultural Analytics on “Identity” edited by Susan Brown and Laura Mandell. You can read Laura Mandell’s and Susan Browns’s introduction now! This special issue of Cultural Analytics tackles the urgent question of how social identities can be addressed through computational methods. In particular, it probes the…

Notre Dame a hub for springtime NovelTM activity

Congratulations to NovelTM co-investigator Matt Wilkens (University of Notre Dame) on the success of Cultural Analytics 2017! The symposium on 26-27 May brought together a number of individuals from the NovelTM team as well as external researchers and members of the public to discuss new research in computational and data-intensive cultural studies. In the lead-up to this exciting event, Prof…

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.…