Distant Horizons

About the Author: Ted Underwood


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  • Paperback
  • 200 pages
  • Distant Horizons
  • Ted Underwood
  • 07 March 2018
  • 9780226612836

Distant Horizons Just As A Traveler Crossing A Continent Won T Sense The Curvature Of The Earth, One Lifetime Of Reading Can T Grasp The Largest Patterns Organizing Literary History This Is The Guiding Premise Behind Distant Horizons, Which Uses The Scope Of Data Newly Available To Us Through Digital Libraries To Tackle Previously Elusive Questions About Literature Ted Underwood Shows How Digital Archives And Statistical Tools, Rather Than Reducing Words To Numbers As Is Often Feared , Can Deepen Our Understanding Of Issues That Have Always Been Central To Humanistic Inquiry Without Denying The Usefulness Of Time Honored Approaches Like Close Reading, Narratology, Or Genre Studies, Underwood Argues That We Also Need To Read The Larger Arcs Of Literary Change That Have Remained Hidden From Us By Their Sheer Scale Using Both Close And Distant Reading To Trace The Differentiation Of Genres, Transformation Of Gender Roles, And Surprising Persistence Of Aesthetic Judgment, Underwood Shows How Digital Methods Can Bring Into Focus The Larger Landscape Of Literary History And Add To The Beauty And Complexity We Value In Literature.

9 thoughts on “Distant Horizons

  1. David Eisler says:

    Excellent introduction to the possibilities of quantitative literary history or computational literary studies, or distant reading, or whatever you want to call it Underwood s prose is clear, the case studies are interesting and some surprising , and he does the yeoman s work for literary scholars interested in these techniques by including two illuminating chapters on data and methods Underwood s intent seems to have been at least partly to use the book as a place for curious people to wade into the subject comfortably, ensuring that the results were front and center rather than the methods themselves.