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Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University) "Searching For and Counting Things in...

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CL1.32b, De Montfort University, LE1 9BH

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When Week 16, 17 January 2018, 2.30-4.30pm
Where Clephan CL1.32b
Who Gabriel Egan (De Montfort University)
What "Searching For and Counting Things in Texts". A list of the 10 most common nouns appearing in Homer's The Iliad is topped by man, ship, god, and heart in that order; for the complete works of Shakespeare it is lord, man, sir, and love. Computers can so quickly create such lists of words abstracted from literary and historical texts that new kinds of analyses can be undertaken by investigators examining the lists and adapting the software to pursue ever more subtle patterns that emerge when one takes a 'distant' rather than a 'close' approach to reading. By the end of this session you will have a sense of why scholars analyse texts in this way, what new insights it can bring, and how to get started in this kind of work yourself.

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