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Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence and Literary Change

Ted Underwood


As literary historians have learned to compare thousands of volumes at a time, they have stumbled onto century-spanning trends that are not yet fully understood. This book explores some of those trends in English-language literature. It shows, for instance, that patterns of literary judgment are very durable: a model trained on reviewing patterns in the nineteenth century can also predict the choices of twentieth-century reviewers. Chapter 2 traces the consolidation of detective fiction and science fiction; Chapter 4 measures the gradual blurring of boundaries between grammatically masculine a ... More

Keywords: English literature, American literature, distant reading, digital humanities, genre, gender, characterization, diction, cultural analytics, machine learning

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2019 Print ISBN-13: 9780226612669
Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2019 DOI:10.7208/chicago/9780226612973.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Ted Underwood, author
University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign