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MacroanalysisDigital Methods and Literary History$
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Matthew L. Jockers

Print publication date: 2013

Print ISBN-13: 9780252037528

Published to Illinois Scholarship Online: April 2017

DOI: 10.5406/illinois/9780252037528.001.0001

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(p.171) 10 Orphans

Matthew L. Jockers

University of Illinois Press

This book has argued that what we have today in terms of literary and textual material and computational power represents a moment of revolution for literary studies. It has discussed the limitations of close reading as a solitary method of literary inquiry, proposing instead large-scale text analysis and text mining via the macroanalytic approach for contextualizing our study of individual works of literature. In conclusion, the author offers a few thoughts on digital preservation, orphan works, and future prospects for macroanalysis. He cites the challenges that must be addressed with respect to digitization of texts, focusing in particular on the legal issues surrounding copyright and how they force scholars wishing to study the literary record at scale to ignore almost everything that has been published since 1923. He also cites examples of positive developments in this regard, including the HathiTrust digital repository and the Book Genome Project.

Keywords:   literary studies, close reading, text mining, digital preservation, orphan works, macroanalysis, digitization, copyright, HathiTrust digital repository, Book Genome Project

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