Computational Humanities Reading Group, "Plot Arcs and Syuzhet"

Friday, January 19, 2018

1:00 PM2:00 PM

Wells Library E171
IDAH Conference Room
1320 E 10th St
Bloomington, IN 47405

Quantitative Transgressions: Computing and Quantitative Methods in History and Literary Studies.

The topic for January's meeting of the Computational Humanities Reading Group is "Plot Arcs and Syuzhet"

In "Problems with the Syuzhet Package" Swafford questions a proposed method (implemented in the “Syuzhet” software library) for analyzing plot arcs in prose fiction.

January's meeting caps off the Computational Humanities Reading Group's examination of three recent cases where it appears that scholarship in the humanities and interpretive social sciences has failed to use quantitative evidence skillfully.

Are these cases the expected outcome of explorations of new methods? Might an infelicitous use of quantitative methods ever be intentional? Are more mundane explanations credible, such as publishers' failures to match articles with suitable reviewers? Join us as we consider cases from history and literary studies.