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Class 4 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business


  • Upcoming DH events
  • Preview of readings and assignments for Class 5
    • Practicum: "Topic-modeling by hand" or David Mimno's In-Browser Topic Modeling
      • If you wish, you can download Mimno's files, then create your own .txt file of samples for his implementation of LDA topic modeling to run on
    • Organization for "mock project" assignment in Class 5
    • Sketch of possible mock projects due Class 6
  • Your blog ideas
  • How goes Twitter?

  • Topic left over from last class: structure of a modern "content management system" (CMS):
  • Cf., XSLT ("Extensible Stylesheet Language Transformations") for XML


1. Student Text Analysis Exercises










2. Text encoding as interpretation arrow right analysis



Documents and Document Object Model


3. Text analysis arrow right interpretation


  • Bottom-up (starting with acts of reduction and induction) that put pressure on humanities traditions of "analysis" and "interpretation"


  • Today's class:  the "close" versus "distant" reading debate (the window through which literary studies is encountering data-analytical methods)


  • Orientation for non-literature students to the "close" versus "distant" reading debate:



    • 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.


4. "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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