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Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence And Literary Change

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Just as a traveler crossing a continent won’t sense the curvature of the earth, one lifetime of reading can’t grasp the largest patterns organizing literary history. This is the guiding premise behind Distant Horizons , which uses the scope of data…
Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast And The Prestige Of English Studies

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In the mid-nineteenth century, the study of English literature began to be divided into courses that surveyed discrete "periods." Since that time, scholars' definitions of literature and their rationales for teaching it have changed radically. But the periodized…