A Proposal for a Corpus Sharing Protocol

Digital humanists working in computational text analysis need a better way to share corpora. Following is a rough sketch of a way to share texts in way that facilitates collaboration, provides for easy error correction, and adheres as much as...

Imperial Voices: Gender and Social Class among Shakespeare's Characters, a Stylometric Approach

"in the imitation of these twain--who as Ulysses says, opinion crowns with an imperial voice--many are infect." --Nestor, Troilus and Cressida, Act 1, Scene 3. The following describes an experiment in digital literary analysis, wherein dialog from Shakespeare plays was...

Detecting Literary Chiaroscuro in Eliot, Dickens, and other Victorian Novelists

In an 1873 review in the Galaxy, Henry James criticizes George Eliot's Middlemarch as he might a painting: “it abounds in fine shades, but it lacks, we think, the great dramatic chiaroscuro” (579). Although James is using the term metaphorically,...

A Macro-Etymological Analysis of Character Dialog in Virginia Woolf's The Waves

Virginia Woolf's experimental novel The Waves is structured as a series of dialogues and monologues by six characters. Some of these speeches are as short as a line, but most are between a few paragraphs and a chapter in length....

Annotag Calculator 1.0

Following my initial spec for Annotags, a decentralized literary annotation protocol, I've just posted the first rough version of a webapp designed to encode and decode the tags. Now you can annotweet books, plays, poems, and other texts with shortened...