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The Author Is Not as Dead as Claimed - Los Angeles Review of Books
"The Varieties of Authorial Intention Literary Theory Beyond the Intentional Fallacy By John Farrell Published 03.18.2017 Palgrave Macmillan 274 Pages"
book  review  literature  criticism  authors  intention 
july 2018 by tsuomela
Elements of Surprise — Vera Tobin | Harvard University Press
"Why do some surprises delight—the endings of Agatha Christie novels, films like The Sixth Sense, the flash awareness that Pip’s benefactor is not (and never was!) Miss Havisham? Writing at the intersection of cognitive science and narrative pleasure, Vera Tobin explains how our brains conspire with stories to produce those revelatory plots that define a “well-made surprise.” By tracing the prevalence of surprise endings in both literary fiction and popular literature and showing how they exploit our mental limits, Tobin upends two common beliefs. The first is cognitive science’s tendency to consider biases a form of moral weakness and failure. The second is certain critics’ presumption that surprise endings are mere shallow gimmicks. The latter is simply not true, and the former tells at best half the story. Tobin shows that building a good plot twist is a complex art that reflects a sophisticated understanding of the human mind. Reading classic, popular, and obscure literature alongside the latest research in cognitive science, Tobin argues that a good surprise works by taking advantage of our mental limits. Elements of Surprise describes how cognitive biases, mental shortcuts, and quirks of memory conspire with stories to produce wondrous illusions, and also provides a sophisticated how-to guide for writers. In Tobin’s hands, the interactions of plot and cognition reveal the interdependencies of surprise, sympathy, and sense-making. The result is a new appreciation of the pleasures of being had."
book  publisher  surprise  novelty  experience  literature  theory  psychology 
september 2017 by tsuomela
principalities, powers, and the technical boy - Text Patterns - The New Atlantis
more Alan Jacobs on Pynchon, Christianity, eschatology, and technological idols.
religion  technology  literature 
april 2017 by tsuomela
Valancourt Books - Valancourt Books
"Valancourt Books is an independent small press located in Richmond, VA. We specialize in the rediscovery of rare, neglected, and out-of-print fiction."
fiction  literature  horror 
march 2017 by tsuomela
They Could Be Heroes | New Republic
Reviews: Lethem, Chabon, Eggers, Whitehead, Saunders
books  review  fiction  21c  escapism  literature 
march 2017 by tsuomela
NovelTM | Text Mining the Novel. A Multi-University Digital Humanities Initiative
"This partnership seeks to produce the first large-scale cross-cultural study of the novel according to quantitative methods. Ever since its putative rise in the eighteenth century, the novel has emerged as a central means of expressing what it means to be modern. And yet despite this cultural significance, we still lack a comprehensive study of the novel’s place within society that accounts for the vast quantity of novels produced since the eighteenth century, the period most often identified as marking the origins of the novel’s quantitative rise. Our aim is thus twofold: 1) to enliven our understanding of one of the most culturally significant modern art forms according to new computational means, and 2) to establish the methodological foundations of a new disciplinary formation. Text mining is arguably one of the most important fields driving growth, innovation, and even citizenship within a modern information economy. This partnership seeks to bring the unique knowledge of literary studies to bear on larger debates about text mining and the place of information technology within society. In so doing, it will impact how we think about the nature of reading and the way we increasingly access our cultural heritage today."
digital-humanities  project  text-mining  novel  literature 
february 2017 by tsuomela
The Man Who Made the Novel - The New Yorker
Review and reaction to works of Samuel Richardson - author of Pamela, Clarissa, and Grandison.
novel  literature  history  genre  18c 
may 2016 by tsuomela
Paradoxa - Home
"Paradoxa publishes articles on genre literature: science fiction, horror, mysteries, children's literature, romance, comic studies, the fantastic, best sellers, the occult, westerns, oral literature, and more. Paradoxa invites submissions on all aspects of genre literature which make a significant and original contribution to the study of those genres."
journal  sf  fantasy  fiction  literature  criticism 
february 2016 by tsuomela
Modern Masters of Science Fiction
"Science fiction often anticipates the consequences of scientific discoveries. The immense strides made by science since World War II have been matched step by step by writers who gave equal attention to scientific principles, to human imagination, and to the craft of fiction. The respect for science fiction won by Jules Verne and H. G. Wells was further increased by Isaac Asimov, Arthur C. Clarke, Robert Heinlein, Ursula K. Le Guin, Joanna Russ, and Ray Bradbury. Modern Masters of Science Fiction is devoted to books that survey the work of individual authors who continue to inspire and advance science fiction. Books are forthcoming on Gregory Benford, Alfred Bester, Ray Bradbury, John Brunner, Lois McMaster Bujold, Arthur C. Clarke, Philip K. Dick, Greg Egan, William Gibson, Joe Haldeman, China Miéville, and Connie Willis. "
publisher  books  series  sf  fiction  literature  criticism 
february 2016 by tsuomela
A worrying truth | TLS
"Francis O’Gorman WORRYING A literary and cultural history 192pp. Bloomsbury Academic. £14 (US $20). 978 1 4411 5129 2 Stuart Sim A PHILOSOPHY OF PESSIMISM 208pp. Reaktion. Paperback, £14.95 (US $24.95). 978 1 78023 505 9"
books  review  pessimism  worry  psychology  literature 
december 2015 by tsuomela
Talk About the Weather - The New Yorker
Weatherland by Alexandra Harris The Weather Experiment by Peter Moore
books  review  weather  meteorology  literature 
november 2015 by tsuomela
[1511.03020] Co-word Maps and Topic Modeling: A Comparison from a User's Perspective
"Induced by "big data," "topic modeling" has become an attractive alternative to mapping co-words in terms of co-occurrences and co-absences using network techniques. We return to the word/document matrix using first a single text with a strong argument ("The Leiden Manifesto") and then upscale to a sample of moderate size (n = 687) to study the pros and cons of the two approaches in terms of the resulting possibilities for making semantic maps that can serve an argument. The results from co-word mapping (using two different routines) versus topic modeling are significantly uncorrelated. Whereas components in the co-word maps can easily be designated, the coloring of the nodes according to the results of the topic model provides maps that are difficult to interpret. In these samples, the topic models seem to reveal similarities other than semantic ones (e.g., linguistic ones). In other words, topic modeling does not replace co-word mapping."
paper  research  topic-modeling  mapping  literature 
november 2015 by tsuomela
MOSF Journal of Science Fiction
"MOSF Journal of Science Fiction seeks to uphold the spirit of educated inquiry and speculation through the publication of peer-reviewed, academic articles, essays and book reviews exploring the myriad facets of science fiction. The journal welcomes unsolicited, original submissions from academics around the world, with an emphasis on the interdisciplinary and innovative history of science fiction. Issues are published three times a year and each issue will feature 8 to 12 academic articles."
journal  sf  fiction  literature 
september 2015 by tsuomela
The Orlando Project
"The Orlando Project is an experiment in the integration of text and technology. It has designed and continues to enhance digital tools to harness the power of computers for critical literary and historical research. The project's constantly expanding and improving storehouse of knowledge about women's lives and writings, the Orlando textbase itself, is rendered uniquely searchable and sortable by its encoding. Its widening of the knowledge base in cultural history goes together with the training and professional development of generations of students."
digital-humanities  project  feminism  literature  women 
september 2015 by tsuomela
No Crisis: A LARB Special Series - The Los Angeles Review of Books
"“No Crisis” is a Los Angeles Review of Books special series considering the state of critical thinking and writing — literary interpretation, art history, and cultural studies — in the 21st century. A new installment to the series will be released at the beginning of each month through the fall of 2015. Our aim, as our introductory essay explains, is to "show that the art of criticism is flourishing, rich with intellectual power and sustaining beauty, in hard times.""
criticism  critique  2015  literature  series 
april 2015 by tsuomela
Long-term variations in the aging of scientific literature: From exponential growth to steady-state science (1900–2004) - Larivière - 2007 - Journal of the American Society for Information Science and Technology - Wiley Online Library
"Despite a very large number of studies on the aging and obsolescence of scientific literature, no study has yet measured, over a very long time period, the changes in the rates at which scientific literature becomes obsolete. This article studies the evolution of the aging phenomenon and, in particular, how the age of cited literature has changed over more than 100 years of scientific activity. It shows that the average and median ages of cited literature have undergone several changes over the period. Specifically, both World War I and World War II had the effect of significantly increasing the age of the cited literature. The major finding of this article is that contrary to a widely held belief, the age of cited material has risen continuously since the mid-1960s. In other words, during that period, researchers were relying on an increasingly old body of literature. Our data suggest that this phenomenon is a direct response to the steady-state dynamics of modern science that followed its exponential growth; however, we also have observed that online preprint archives such as arXiv have had the opposite effect in some subfields."
science  literature  citations  bibliometrics  history  growth  20c  scholarly-communication 
november 2014 by tsuomela
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