How Has the MFA Changed the Contemporary Novel?

We wrote a program to analyze hundreds of works by authors with and without creative-writing degrees. The results were disappointing. Published in the Atlantic by Richard Jean So and Andrew Piper This year, about 20,000 people applied to study creative writing at MFA programs in the U.S. It’s a funny fact to consider, given that the…

Send Us Your Rejected Manuscripts!

Donate your ideas to science not Facebook! Every day we post valuable information to social media sites. These platforms use that information to learn all sorts of things about us. But they never share that learning back with us. We want to start a new culture of idea donation in which the knowledge gained is…

NovelTM at MLA 2016

Several members of the NovelTM team will be presenting at the upcoming MLA 2016 conference in Austin, Texas. On Saturday, January 9th, from 1:45-3:00 in 5C, ACC, Mark Algee-Hewitt is presenting “Literary Sociality: Networks of Enlightenment on Stage and in Print”. On Sunday, January 10th, from 10:15-11:30, in 5A, ACC, he is part of a…

Quantifying the Weepy Bestseller

Are commercial novels really more sentimental than literary fiction? NovelTM members Andrew Piper and Richard Jean So consider this question in a recently published article in the New Republic: If you want to be a great writer, should you withhold your sentimental tendencies? The answer for most critics and writers seems to be yes. Sentimentality…

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…