Friday, April 7, 3:30 p.m., UMC 384-386

Digital Humanities and Analogic Scholarship

This talk addresses the possibilities, pitfalls, and merits of combining computational methodologies and traditional literary analysis. Drawing on the development of his own work from graduate school (the dissertation) to tenure (first monograph and beyond), Capuano makes the case for how hybrid methodological approaches can incubate new, timely, and original projects that appeal to mainstream scholarly communities as well as to traditional publication outlets such as period and genre-based journals and major university presses. The talk will appeal to anyone interested in how topic modeling, data mining, archival curating, “close” reading, “suspicious” reading, and “surface” reading, can be combined to produce innovative claims about the foundations of literary criticism. 

Peter J. Capuano is an associate professor of English and the Director of the Nineteenth-Century Studies Program at the University of Nebraska as well as a faculty member of the University of California’s Dickens Project. He is the author of Changing Hands: Industry, Evolution, and the Reconfiguration of the Victorian Body (U of Michigan Press, 2015), which was a Finalist for the British Society of Literature and Science Award and highlighted for the North American Victorian Studies Association Book Prize.  His current project, Novel Bodies: Idiomatic Expression and British Fiction, has been supported by a Digital Textual Studies Grant from the National Humanities Center.