Scalable Reading

dedicated to DATA: digitally assisted text analysis

...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

Scalable Reading

Looking up stuff in an Early Modern corpus

The following is a discussion of a set of “search and sort” operations that could be useful in exploring the EEBO-TCP corpus of English books before 1700. It also includes some paragraphs about making texts more computationally tractable so that search operations can more quickly answer more complex queries. A good search environment depends as...

Engineering English: Machine-assisted curation of TCP texts

The are somewhere in the neighbourhood of five million incompletely transcribed words in the rougly two billion words of English books before 1700 transcribed by the Text Creation Partnership. Depending on how you look at it, that is either a  lot or not very much at all. Less than half a percent of words are...

BlackLab: searching a TCP corpus by linguistic and structural criteria

Not quite two years ago I wrote an open letter about the TEI in which I wondered about its successes and failures.  I wrote about  “a thought experiment where you ask the chairs of history, literature, linguistics, philosophy, and religion departments of the world’s 100 top universities to write a sentence or short paragraph about the...

Morgenstern’s Spectacles or the Importance of Not-Reading

 [I recently stumbled across the draft of a talk I gave at the University of London in 2008. It strikes me as a still relevant reflection on what then I called “Not-Reading” and now prefer to call “Scalable Reading.” I reprint it below with very minor corrections and additions.] Coming from Homer: the allographic journey...

The mdash

Have you ever thought about the mdash, the long dash, \u2014 in Unicode parlance or paraphrased as — in the parlance of character entities? The odds are that you have not.  I certainly have not thought much about it, but it tripped me up this morning in the EEBO-MorphAdorner project that Phil Burns and I...

Very briefly: scalable reading.

I’m mostly writing simply to thank Martin for organizing this blog. I hope it becomes a venue for informal discussion of opportunities and challenges in the field. I think we could use a forum a little less volatile than twitter and more public than e-mail, but less formal than publication or even a research blog....

Welcome to Scalable Reading

Scalable Reading is a collaborative blog that brings together four literary critics who are interested in quite different topics and approach them with quite different substantive or methodological assumptions but share the belief that digital texts and tools for their analysis have much to offer to the discipline of Literary Studies. Martin Mueller will shortly...