Oudezijds Achterburgwal 185
Duolezing in het kader van de verdediging van mijn proefschrift, Reading beyond the female: the relationship between perception of author gender and literary quality. Voertaal is Engels.
Sprekers zijn Dr. Mark Algee-Hewitt, directeur van het Stanford Literary Lab en Prof. Dr. Karina van Dalen-Oskam, projectleider van het Huygens ING-project the Riddle of Literary Quality.
13:30: Welkomstwoord Corina Koolen
13:40: Korte inleiding door voorzitter Joris van Zundert
13:50: Mark Algee-Hewitt – The Shape of Reading: Critical Attention and the Nineteenth-Century Quotable
14:30: Karina van Dalen-Oskam – Fifty Shades of Literature
15:10: Discussie en afsluiting
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Mark Algee-Hewitt – The Shape of Reading: Critical Attention and the Nineteenth-Century Quotable
This project seeks to reconstruct the nature of readerly and critical attention by identifying the segments of text that are quoted in nineteenth-century reviews. While actual reading practices of the nineteenth-century have proven to be impossible to recover based on contemporaneous descriptions of reading, I argue that the nature of the review of the nineteenth-century, in which textual quotations form the bulk of the review text, give us a unique window into what parts of texts critics of different journals and periods were the most attentive to. Whether these segments represent the most representative or most unique parts of the book, or whether they suggest a new way of defining what was quotable or citable from the literature of the period, they nevertheless offer a unique set of insights into the reception history of novels.
Karina van Dalen-Oskam – Fifty Shades of Literature
The project The Riddle of Literary Quality explores the current conventions of literariness. The researchers want to find out which linguistic features play a role when readers indicate they experience a novel as highly literary or perhaps not very literary. The project combines results from a large survey of readers and a stylometric analysis of a corpus of 401 novels. Combining these different methodologies clearly shows that there is more to literature than just the style of a novel. The project will be finished in 2019, but in this talk I will give an overview of the main findings by focusing on some of the most read and seen as least literary novels that were part of the analysis: the Fifty Shades trilogy written by E.L. James.