299. What Is Data in Literary Studies?
Sunday, 10 January, 12:00 noon–1:15 p.m., Michigan–Michigan State, Chicago Marriott
Program arranged by the Division on Methods of Literary Research
Presiding: James F. English, Univ. of Pennsylvania
Speakers: David Alworth, Harvard Univ.; Eric Hayot, Penn State Univ., University Park; Heather Houser, Univ. of Texas, Austin; Lauren Klein, Georgia Inst. of Tech.; Peter M. Logan, Temple Univ., Philadelphia; Scott Selisker, Univ. of California, Santa Barbara
This roundtable will consider questions about data in literary studies beyond the usual debates over digital method and quantification. Does our discipline have a coherent concept of data? Are there kinds of data that are specific to literary studies or that only exist as products of literary research? What is the relation between literary data and literary theory? Is data political?
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