Colloquium: Billy Hall

Date(s) - 03/16/2017
3:00 pm - 4:30 pm

3108 JKB


Billy Hall will be present for the Humanities Center’s Colloquium on Thursday, March 16th at 3:00 PM in 4010 JFSB. He will be discussing his current research about redefining the genre of 18th Century women poets.

Title: “Visualizing the Daring Muse and Other Macroanalytical Adventures in Eighteenth-Century Poetry”

What does the literary history of eighteenth-century poetry look like from 30,000 feet? More specifically, does the perspective of distance reading intimate alternative literary histories of poetry written by women and can we visualize those potential histories? “Visualizing the Daring Muse” uses stylochronometry and topic modeling to identify and describe the “families or literary kinds” of poetry written by women in eighteenth-century Britain. The consequence of describing and mapping eighteenth-century poetry from such distance is a more full and nuanced picture of eighteenth-century women poets (and poetry more generally) from which to write literary history. It confirms some of what we already know, presents challenges to what we think we know, and illuminates what we didn’t even know was out there.


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