Posted on 2013/11/12 by

Boot camp: (In)Corporations of Fairy Tales in ABC’s Once Upon A Time

Moretti argues there is at least one “consequence of [the network model] approach: once you make a network of a play, you stop working on the play proper, and work on a model instead: you reduce the text to characters and interactions, abstract them from everything else, and this process of reduction and abstraction makes Read More

Posted on 2013/10/24 by

Boot Camp: My Sad Life, Quantified

Journalling takes us back some years to the emergence of the middle class, mercantiles documenting many of the more banal aspects of their day-to-day lives in keeping with the running of their households and businesses. Daniel Defoe elevated record-keeping to an art form with Robinson Crusoe, most of which is taken up in detailing inventories and explorations Read More

Posted on 2013/10/23 by

Government Info-Tech Research Officer “Track[s] Emotions in Novels and Fairy Tales”

Maybe we should chat about this: “Empirical assessment of emotions in literary texts has sometimes relied on human annotation” but now an algorithmic “system determines which of the words exist in our emotion lexicon and calculates ratios such as the number of words associated with an emotion to the total number of emotion words in the text” for novels, Shakespeare, Read More

Posted on 2013/10/19 by

Getting Graphic: Representing Representations in Humanities and Sciences

Preview: INTRODUCTION: GOOGLING GRAPHS A Google search for the prompt “graphs are…” yields the following results: the best way to summarize data, visual representations of what, everywhere, often constructed from tables of information, and what of relationships. These fragmentary results illustrate the various approaches to graphs by different fields of research and institutional practices, as Read More

Posted on 2013/10/17 by

Probe: Phonographs, Maps, Carpentrees

When it comes to listening to vinyl, NYC artist Rutherford Chang antithesizes what Franco Moretti identifies as the “typical reader of novels” in Britain up to about 1820 (Moretti 71). Instead of “a ‘generalist…who reads absolutely anything, at random’” (Moretti 71, quoting Albert Thibaudet), Chang listens to and collects anything, mostly at random, of a Read More