NYU Digital Humanities is pleased to announce a talk by Professor Katherine Bode from the Australian National University on literary history in the age of mass digitization. We hope you’ll join us!
Reading (as) Data: Literary History with Mass-Digitized Collections
12:00 to 1:30pm, Friday, January 31
NYU Department of English, Event Space
244 Greene St., New York, NY 10003
In Australia in the 19th and early 20th centuries, newspapers were the main source of fiction, local and imported. Fast forward to the 21st century, and the National Library of Australia’s Trove database hosts the largest open-access, mass-digitized collection of historical newspapers internationally. This fortunate confluence of technological systems (newspapers and mass-digitization) made possible the discovery of a transnational collection of over 21,000 publications of novels, novellas and short stories in early Australian newspapers. With reference to this massively expanded record of fiction in Australia and Australian fiction, this talk poses some key questions for literary and reading history in the mass-digitised age. Is bigger always better in computational literary studies? What new data-rich methods are useful for literary and reading history? And what happens to all this data when our projects finish?
Katherine Bode is professor of literary and textual studies at the Australian National University and an Australian Research Council Future Fellow (2018-2022). She is the author of books including A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History (2018) and Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field (2012).
Co-hosted by NYU Digital Humanities, the Department of English, and the Digital Culture/s Colloquium.
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