Close Reading with Computers

Textual Scholarship, Computational Formalism, and David Mitchell's Cloud Atlas

by Martin Paul Eve

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Book Description

Most contemporary digital studies are interested in distant-reading paradigms for large-scale literary history. This book asks what happens when such telescopic techniques function as a microscope instead. The first monograph to bring a range of computational methods to bear on a single novel in a sustained fashion, it focuses on the award-winning and genre-bending Cloud Atlas (2004). Published in two very different versions worldwide without anyone taking much notice, David Mitchell's novel is ideal fodder for a textual-genetic publishing history, reflections on micro-tectonic shifts in language by authors who move between genres, and explorations of how we imagine people wrote in bygone eras. Though Close Reading with Computers focuses on but one novel, it has a crucial exemplary function: author Martin Paul Eve demonstrates a set of methods and provides open-source software tools that others can use in their own literary-critical practices. In this way, the project serves as a bridge between users of digital methods and those engaged in more traditional literary-critical endeavors.

This open book is licensed under a Creative Commons License (CC BY-SA). You can download Close Reading with Computers ebook for free in PDF format (4.4 MB).

Table of Contents

Introduction
Close Reading, Computers, and Cloud Atlas
Chapter 1
The Contemporary History of the Book
Chapter 2
Reading Genre Computationally
Chapter 3
Historical Fiction and Linguistic Mimesis
Chapter 4
Interpretation
Appendix A
Textual Variants of Cloud Atlas
Appendix B
List of Digital Data Appendixes
 

Book Details

Publisher
Stanford University Press
Published
2019
Pages
271
Edition
1
Language
English
ISBN13
9781503606999
ISBN10
1503606996
ISBN13 Digital
9781503609372
ISBN10 Digital
1503609375
PDF Size
4.4 MB
License
CC BY-SA

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