Katherine Bode‘s lecture on 24th September (5 pm) related to the training of the COST Action Distant reading project.
Katherine Bode is an associate professor of literary and textual studies at the Australian National University. She is the author or co-editor of books including A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History (2018), Advancing Digital Humanities: Research, Methods, Theories (2014), Reading by Numbers: Recalibrating the Literary Field (2012) and Resourceful Reading: eResearch, the New Empiricism, and Australian Literary Culture (2009).
Is the corpus of digital literary studies a collection (or dataset or system) of books or of texts? Which, if any, would be more lively (or deadly), and why would that matter? This paper considers these questions by discussing a topic rarely raised in digital literary studies, but increasingly prevalent in the broader discipline: empiricism. I explore some of the problems that (digital) literary studies has with materiality and wonder if posthumanist notions of the inseparability of matter and meaning might help to address them.
Venue: Budapest, 1088. Múzeum krt. 4/A 039 (Kari tanácsterem)