This event takes place in THINC Lab, 2nd Floor, library.
Despite an ongoing backlash, “distant reading” — the large-scale computational analysis of thousands or even millions of texts — remains one of the most exciting areas of research in digital literary studies. Yet for all its promise, distant reading reading presents numerous challenges to students and scholars of literature. Most notably, it is simply hard to without a background in programming. In this workshop, Hammond will focus on how the GutenTag tool can assist any humanities scholar in carrying out the fundamentals of distant reading: assembling relevant groups of texts (corpora) and performing meaningful analysis on them.
(Attendees might want to check out Hammond's recent article in Literature Compass (pdf), which will provide some good background on distant reading and its challenges.)