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…

NovelTM Member Derek Ruths publishes new paper in Science

  NovelTM member Derek Ruths recently co-authored an article with Jürgen Pfeffer of Carnegie Mellon’s Institute for Software Research, which elucidates the potential hazards in mining social media data sets for academic research. Published in the November 28 issue of the journal Science, the article cautions against a generalized or superficial perspective when using social media…

Ted Underwood in Slate Magazine

NovelTM member Ted Underwood, and future members Hoyt Long and Richard Jean So recently published a compelling response to Thomas Piketty in Slate on money in the history of the novel. Drawing in part from HathiTrust Digital Library,  the authors counted references to amounts of money in 7,700 English-language works of fiction between 1750 and…

Matthew Jockers to Speak at Yale Friday Dec. 5

This Friday, NovelTM co-investigator Matthew Jockers will be at Yale to give a talk at “The Center for Historical Enquiry and the Social Sciences” followed by a text analysis with R workshop. December 5 @ 12:00 pm – 2:00 pm Yale University, Whitney Humanities Center, Room 208, New Haven, CT United States + Google Map Center for Historical…