[Humanist] 22.457 London Seminar this Thursday
Humanist Discussion Group
willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk
Mon Jan 19 16:21:50 CET 2009
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 22, No. 457.
Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
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Date: Mon, 19 Jan 2009 15:17:24 +0000
From: Willard McCarty <willard.mccarty at mccarty.org.uk>
Subject: London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship for January
All are cordially invited to the following seminar this Thursday:
Anouk Lang (University of Birmingham),
"Mediated reading across the nation"
London Seminar in Digital Text and Scholarship
Thursday, 22 January
Stewart House (ies.sas.ac.uk/about/stewarthouse.htm)
This paper explores ways in which analytical techniques from corpus
linguistics can be used in conjunction with other methods to gain
insight into the social significance of nationwide community-reading
projects that have arisen over the past decade. Using three corpora of
news texts which address Canada Reads, Richard and Judy?s Book Club in
the UK and The Big Read programme sponsored by the National Endowment
for the Arts in the US, the analysis focusses on two features: 1) the
kinds of topics that media commentators discuss alongside reading, and
2) the use of evaluative language to frame reading in overwhelmingly
positive terms. These findings are then set against participants?
textual responses to an online survey and verbal responses in the
context of a focus group. This multi-disciplinary approach helps to
identify the social ?work? such reading programmes are seen to be
performing, and to give a sense of the discourses circulating around
these events which may have less to do with reading and more to do with
the construction of national imaginaries, the replication of discourses
of community-building issuing from elsewhere, and the covert
articulation of taste-hierarchies.
Anouk Lang is a postdoctoral research fellow in the Department of
American and Canadian Studies at the University of Birmingham, where she
works on the AHRC project "Beyond the Book: Contemporary Cultures of
Reading in the UK, the US and Canada". She is currently editing a volume
on reading practices in the 21st century and the impact of technology on
individuals' relationships with books, and is also preparing a
manuscript on Canadian and Australian literary modernism.
Refreshments are provided.
Willard McCarty, Professor of Humanities Computing,
King's College London, staff.cch.kcl.ac.uk/~wmccarty/;
Editor, Humanist, www.digitalhumanities.org/humanist;
Interdisciplinary Science Reviews, www.isr-journal.org.
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