[PAST EVENT] Close Reading vs. Distant Reading Texts: What we can we learn from expanding our gaze?

February 21, 2024
12pm - 1pm
Swem Library, Ford Classroom
400 Landrum Dr
Williamsburg, VA 23185Map this location
Access & Features
  • Free food
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Paul Vierthaler presenting on DH
Paul Vierthaler presenting on DH

In this hands-on workshop, STLI Faculty Fellow for Excellence in Teaching Paul Vierthaler will discuss the processes and affordances of distant reading, sometimes considered the opposite of close reading. Instead of carefully reading and analyzing a single work (or a group of works), distant reading takes thousands of pieces of literature and feeds them into a computer for analysis. What questions can be asked of a distant reading, and how do we do it?

Prof. Vierthaler will be showcasing Voyant Tools, one of the most popular and useful applications for distant reading in the Digital Humanities. 

Join us for lunch on Wednesday, February 21 from noon to 1pm in the Ford Classroom in Swem Library. Register below.

Sponsored by: Studio for Teaching & Learning Innovation