IPP Workshop Series: An Introduction to Computational Literary Criticism (Marie-Christine Boucher)
Dec 17, 2019
from 02:00 to 04:00
|Where||Phil I, Building B, R.025|
|Contact Name||David E. Susa|
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“[W]hat we really need is a little pact with the devil: we know how to read texts, now let’s learn how not to read them”.
Franco Moretti, ‘Conjectures on World Literature’, 2000
This workshop will aim to make the participants familiar with the basic concepts, methods and techniques used in the field of computational criticism. The first part of the workshop will introduce several common methods, such as most frequent word analysis, collocation, stylometry, digital mapping, and network analysis. They will be briefly discussed, in order to address the potential of computer-assisted literary criticism. This will be followed by an overview of some of the critiques of the ‘distant reading’ paradigm, which was most notably popularized by Franco Moretti’s controversial statements, and of the use of quantitative data for literary analysis in general. The participants will then be encouraged to take a stance on the topic with the help of a small corpus of research texts. In a closing discussion, they will have the opportunity to reflect on the ways in which their own research projects could potentially benefit from one, or more, of the discussed tools and methods.
This workshop, therefore, is not only interesting to those who want to apply these methods on their own research projects but for all students who are trying to expand their knowledge about research methodologies and quantitative analysis.
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