Macroanalysis: Digital Methods and Literary History

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University of Illinois Press, Apr 15, 2013 - Computers - 208 pages
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In this volume, Matthew L. Jockers introduces readers to large-scale literary computing and the revolutionary potential of macroanalysis--a new approach to the study of the literary record designed for probing the digital-textual world as it exists today, in digital form and in large quantities. Using computational analysis to retrieve key words, phrases, and linguistic patterns across thousands of texts in digital libraries, researchers can draw conclusions based on quantifiable evidence regarding how literary trends are employed over time, across periods, within regions, or within demographic groups, as well as how cultural, historical, and societal linkages may bind individual authors, texts, and genres into an aggregate literary culture. Moving beyond the limitations of literary interpretation based on the "close-reading" of individual works, Jockers describes how this new method of studying large collections of digital material can help us to better understand and contextualize the individual works within those collections.

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User Review  - James.Igoe - LibraryThing

Great foray into data mining literature, although at times a bit tedious and redundant. Conceptually useful, for general concepts in data mining, but with no actual coding. Read full review


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Matthew L. Jockers is an assistant professor of English at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

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