Macroanalysis : Digital Methods and Literary History

By (author) Matthew L. Jockers


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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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  • Paperback | 328 pages
  • 154.94 x 231.14 x 20.32mm | 340.19g
  • 01 Apr 2013
  • University of Illinois Press
  • Baltimore
  • English
  • 15 line drawings, 52 charts, 16 tables
  • 0252079078
  • 9780252079078
  • 285,700

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

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"A truly significant exploration of the intersection of literary studies and computer-assisted text analysis. Through a series of perspectives and methodologies, Macroanalysis convincingly demonstrates the power and potential of literary text analysis."--Stefan Sinclair, coauthor of Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage "In Microanalysis, Matthew L. Jockers brings news of what he calls a computer-driven revolution in how literary historians do their work. [...] This feels like a book that could, in retrospect, signal an important transitional moment in the practice of literary history." - Jennifer Howard, Times Literary Supplement

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