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Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism

Stephen Ramsay


Besides familiar and now commonplace tasks that computers do all the time, what else are they capable of? This study of computational text analysis examines how computers can be used as “reading machines” to open up entirely new possibilities for literary critics. Computer-based text analysis has been employed for the past several decades as a way of searching, collating, and indexing texts. Despite this, the digital revolution has not penetrated the core activity of literary studies: interpretive analysis of written texts. Computers can handle vast amounts of data, allowing for the comparison ... More

Keywords: computers, computational text, text analysis, literary critics, text search, text collation, indexing, written texts

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2011 Print ISBN-13: 9780252036415
Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017 DOI:10.5406/illinois/9780252036415.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Stephen Ramsay, author
University of Nebraska