Objectivity and Distant Reading

Preamble Recently I was in my colleague Ben Schmidt’s office and spotted a weighty tome I’d not seen before: Objectivity by Lorraine Daston and Peter Galison. Ben told...

Because Survival is Insufficient

Note: since drafting this I’ve come across an interview with Emily St. Mandel in which she calls the line that gives...

A Larger View of Digital American Studies

The following is a short response article that will appear in Amerikastudien/American Studies 61.3 (2016). Thanks to their very generous copyright policy (in brief: authors keep rights) I am...

The Sentiment of Circulation

Below is the paper I will deliver at the 2017 Modern Language Association Convention in Philadelphia, as part of the panel “#AllTheFeels: Sentimentalism Then and Now.” I have...

MLA 2017 Session: “#AllTheFeels: Sentimentalism Then and Now”

When: Saturday, 7 January, 3:30–4:45 p.m. Where: Franklin 8, Philadelphia Marriott Since the rise of feminist criticism in the 1970s, “the sentimental” has become an important category of historical investigation...