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Class 4 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business


  • Upcoming DH events:
    • Presentation by Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan Heuser of the Stanford Literary Lab -- Thursday, Nov. 12th, 2014, 3:30-5:30 in South Hall 2635. (and class visit by them earlier that day)
    • DH Events and Calls for Papers


  • Preview of readings and practicum for Class 5
  • "Mock project Prospectus" pre-assignments
    • Commitments to individual or team mock project prospectuses in Class 5
    • Sketch of possible mock projects due Class 6
  • Your blog ideas
  • How goes Twitter?


  1. The Idea of Text Analysis


  • Text Analysis - Top Down (Text Encoding)
Documents and Document Object Model


  • Text Analysis - Bottom Up
    • Starting with acts of reduction and induction that put pressure on humanities traditions of "analysis" and "interpretation":
      • "Bag of words" approach
      • Counting
      • Clustering






3. From "Close Reading" to "Distant Reading"


    • Distorted by void in prior large-scale, quantitative, and/or systematic interpretive methods in literary studies.
      • Josephine Miles.  Major Adjectives in English Poetry From Wyatt to Auden.  University of California Press, 1946.  Available online at http://archive.org/details/majoradjectivesi00mile
      • John F. Burrows. Computation into Criticism: A Study of Jane Austen’s Novels and an Experiment in Method. Oxford UP, 1987.



  • "Close Reading"
    • American New Criticism:
      • Cleanth Brooks, "The Heresy of Paraphrase [PDF]," from his Well Wrought Urn (1947)
        • (pp. 198-99): "so wore the night"
        • (pp. 196-97): poems not "statements" or "paraphrase"
        • (pp. 203-204): poem's structure as painting, music, play
        • (pp. 194-95): "total pattern" and "structure"






5. "Distant Reading"


  • Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees
    • Opening paragraph (p. 1)
      Figure 2 (p. 7)
      Figure 3 (p. 10)
      Figure 7 (p. 15)
      Figure 9 (p. 19)


    • (p. 4)
      (p. 4)
      (p. 13)
      (pp. 20-21)
      (pp. 14, 24)
      (p. 26)







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