“Viral Texts and Technologies of Authorship” – Gastvortrag am 16.12.2014

Am Dienstag, dem 16. Dezember 2014 um 17:00 Uhr wird Prof. Ryan Cordell (Department of English, Northeastern University, Boston, MA) einen Gastvortrag mit dem Titel “Viral Texts and Technologies of Authorship” halten.

Zeit: Dienstag, 16.12.2014, 17:00 Uhr
RAUMÄNDERUNG: Seminarraum des Thomas-Instituts, Universitätsstr. 22, Erdgeschoss links

Zu seinem Forschungsprojekt zu Zeitungsbeständen aus den USA des 19. Jahrhunderts, siehe http://viraltexts.org/
Persönliche Website: http://ryancordell.org/

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“Nothing but a newspaper can drop the same thought into a thousand minds at the same moment…”
—Alexis de Tocqueville, Democracy in America

Cordell will draw on the Viral Texts project at Northeastern University to demonstrate how computational methods such as text mining, mapping, and network analysis can illuminate nineteenth-century systems of circulation, reprinting, and remediation systemically and at scale. Cordell will demonstrate how this large-scale analysis—and the new corpus of popular texts it has unearthed—might shift our understanding of everyday reading, editing, and writing practices during the period, leading to a alternative notion of communal rather than individual authorship. Cordell will also show how these texts might, when considered at scale, allow us to expose lines of influence among nineteenth-century publications, leading to a more robust conception of the systems that underlay print culture in the period.