17.527 studying literature by numbers

From: Humanist Discussion Group (by way of Willard McCarty willard.mccarty@kcl.ac.uk)
Date: Thu Jan 15 2004 - 02:33:27 EST

               Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 17, No. 527.
       Centre for Computing in the Humanities, King's College London
                     Submit to: humanist@princeton.edu

         Date: Thu, 15 Jan 2004 07:10:47 +0000
         From: totosy@medienkomm.uni-halle.de
         Subject: RE: 17.522 studying literature by the numbers

this is about moretti's studying literature by numbers: it is rather
interesting to discover how a fully-developed and established approach in
the study of literature and culture finds itself reinvented. the so-called
"empirische literaturwissenschaft" (in my terminology, in english, the
"systemic and empirical study of literature") of the siegen school of
siegfried j. schmidt and others has been pursuing what moretti appears to
have come up as new. i guess in this case there is no theory travel although
i know moretti is aware of the large corpus of the empirische
literaturwissenschaft (take a look at this selected bibliography
<http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/library/sysbib97.html> or this
<http://clcwebjournal.lib.purdue.edu/library/sysbib95.html>). and indeed, it
is a good idea to give moretti and his recent work more exposure in order to
domesticate the empirical (and systemic) approach in the anglo-american
landscape of literature and culture scholarship. although i do wish moretti
would acknowledge the existence of the approach elsewhere: let's not
reinwent the wheel....

steven totosy, boston and the university of halle-wittenberg
editor, clcweb: comparative literature and culture
<clcweb@purdue.edu> & <totosy@medienkomm.uni-halle.de>

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