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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 491–525.
Published: 01 December 2020
...Lauren M. E. Goodlad Abstract This essay explores “distant reading,” first, as a project of studying genre at supratextual scales of analysis (from early conceptions to computationalist successors) and, second, through the prescient late Victorian literary persona with which the latter practices...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (4): 586–589.
Published: 01 December 2007
... poets as John Ashbery, Susan Howe, Tom Raworth, and Rosmarie Waldrop. University of Washington 2007 Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contemporary Poetry . By Peter Middleton. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005. xviii + 241 pp. Reviews Dice...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2017) 78 (1): 77–106.
Published: 01 March 2017
...Katherine Bode Abstract The approaches to data-rich literary history that dominate academic and public debate—Franco Moretti’s “distant reading” and Matthew Jockers’s “macroanalysis”—model literary systems in limited, abstract, and often ahistorical ways. This problem arises from neglect...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (2): 225–251.
Published: 01 June 2021
...Ben Etherington Abstract This essay revisits critical-humanist approaches to literary totality that have largely been sidelined during the recent revival of world literature studies. While there has been no shortage of defenses of close reading in the face of distant reading and other positivist...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2019) 80 (3): 261–286.
Published: 01 September 2019
...; read as a model for tastemaking, it becomes intelligible. While Pope’s classicizing moral and aesthetic values can seem distant from the assumptions of our late liberal culture, the techniques he uses to “rule” tastes indirectly remain fundamental imperatives in liberal aesthetic culture. Foucault’s...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 401–404.
Published: 01 September 2021
...Katherine Bode katherine.bode@anu.edu.au Copyright © 2021 by University of Washington 2021 The Equivalence of ‘Close’ and ‘DistantReading; or, Toward a New Object for Data-Rich Literary History,” published in MLQ in 2017, considered the methodological assumptions of two prominent...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (1): 95–124.
Published: 01 March 2020
... the Sources Lab .” Living with Machines . livingwithmachines.ac.uk/introducing-the-sources-lab . Bode Katherine . 2012 . Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field . London : Anthem . Bode Katherine . 2017 . “ The Equivalence of ‘Close’ and ‘DistantReading; or, Toward...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 567–577.
Published: 01 December 2020
... reflections on distant reading. As Goodlad notes, what has given distant reading its powerful purchase through the work of Moretti and other practitioners is that genre invokes a great many texts presumably recognizable by their resemblances to one another, most of which no one reader will have read...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (4): 575–578.
Published: 01 December 2007
... December 2007 Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contempo- rary Poetry. By Peter Middleton. Tuscaloosa: University of Alabama Press, 2005. xviii + 241 pp. Peter Middleton’s Distant Reading challenges the nearly ubiquitous practice of close reading in the humanities...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (4): 578–582.
Published: 01 December 2007
... On Not Being Someone Else. His essay “Perfectly Help- less” appeared in the March 2002 issue of MLQ. doi 10.1215/00267929-2007-018 586 MLQ December 2007 Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contempo- rary Poetry. By Peter Middleton...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 553–566.
Published: 01 December 2020
... a statement of fact. The five essays in this issue provide different and invigorating methods to address the question of “what is and isn’t changing.” Only Lauren M. E. Goodlad on distant reading and Tim Dean on descriptive reading speak directly to the postcritical turn as it is usually defined. However...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2007) 68 (4): 582–585.
Published: 01 December 2007
... On Not Being Someone Else. His essay “Perfectly Help- less” appeared in the March 2002 issue of MLQ. doi 10.1215/00267929-2007-018 586 MLQ December 2007 Distant Reading: Performance, Readership, and Consumption in Contempo- rary Poetry. By Peter Middleton...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 321–344.
Published: 01 September 2016
... of poetry to change by slightly exaggerating certain features that defined prestige in the recent past. Copyright © 2016 by University of Washington 2016 literary reviewing distant reading poetic diction literary prestige longue durée Because advocates of distant reading sometimes pit...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (1): 1–24.
Published: 01 March 2018
... into the scientific materialism of his current incarnation. In doing so, he has also thrown down the gauntlet to American literary scholars. The rhetorical force behind “distant reading” is an attack on literary scholarship mainly still identified with latter-day versions of New Critical “close reading...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2020) 81 (4): 465–489.
Published: 01 December 2020
... of collective effort does this turn out to be? Moretti’s observations about the vastness of the archive are deeply connected with the question of academic labor. Nonetheless, instead of a robustly collective alternative to individual projects of close reading, Moretti’s “distant reading” turns out to involve...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (4): 581–589.
Published: 01 December 2016
...—that is, construct it as an object of knowledge—only by giving up the fetish of close reading and instead practicing distant reading. In these same recent years Moretti was also exploring what he called “abstract models for a literary history” (Moretti 2005 ) and launching big-data experiments in the Stanford...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2018) 79 (2): 237–240.
Published: 01 June 2018
... should call Reaping Something New “close reading at a distance” or “distant reading up close” is no matter; let us just call it what it is—literary history at its best. Nicholas T Rinehart is a doctoral candidate in English at Harvard University. His research has appeared in Callaloo...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2014) 75 (1): 1–28.
Published: 01 March 2014
... understand how and why literary history merits a privileged place in the new economy of information. Franco Moretti’s influentialGraphs, Maps, Trees  expounds a new method of interpretation — distant reading — on the basis of the visual display of big data. But it is not data per se that lure...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2021) 82 (3): 315–343.
Published: 01 September 2021
... in unexpected places—on television in The Wire , but also in the critical movement out of which this essay might be said to grow. The set of approaches often grouped under the rubric of “distant reading” or “quantitative literary history,” which have provoked so much debate over the last two decades, have...
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Modern Language Quarterly (2016) 77 (3): 277–295.
Published: 01 September 2016
... characterized as “distant reading,” an approach that seemed to bring literary studies (kicking and screaming) into the age of “big data,” its human-scale canons of masterworks subsumed into digitized corpora containing tens or hundreds of thousands of texts. A “crisis of largeness,” then: literary studies...