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Andrew Piper

Print publication date: 2018

Print ISBN-13: 9780226568614

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: January 2019

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226568898.001.0001

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Conclusion (Implications)

Conclusion (Implications)

(p.178) Conclusion (Implications)

Andrew Piper

University of Chicago Press

To be implicated can also mean--more literally--to be folded into something. This book discusses how we can become more implicated in our observations about literature past and present. Modeling in particular allows us to fold our­selves into the techniques/technologies, through which we arrive at new knowledge of our objects of study. Models can account, more explicitly, for the mediations that govern our insights. This conclusion gestures toward ways to implicate ourselves more fully in our scholarship, moving from acts of self-measurement, observing the ways our own books are constructed and related to the field; to institutional accounting, the ways in which the institutions we work for, or those that we create (e.g., authors or concepts), are distributed across the field of academic publishing. These practices are part of a larger movement to imagine new forms of algorithmic openness, where computation is used not as an afterthought (as a means of searching for things that have already been preselected and sorted), but as a form of forethought (a means of generating more diverse ecosystems of knowledge). How can we use the tools of data science to capture and more adequately represent those values we care about in systems of scholarly communication?

Keywords:   digital humanities, cultural analytics, natural language processing, late style, poetry, literary careers, corpus linguistics, Walt Whitman, Wanda Coleman, Goethe

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