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Andrew Piper (McGill University), Reading’s Refrain: From Bibliographic to Topological Reading
March 11 @ 4:30 pm - 6:00 pm
In this talk I will discuss what it means to move beyond the book as the primary interface for reading in an electronic environment. What can the networked representation of texts tell us about language, narrative, and textuality? Exploring a host of new work that uses computational network analysis to study the history of literature, I will be emphasizing the way reading topologically changes our understanding of three primary analytical categories: the scale at which we read; the contingency or constructedness of what we read; and the co-constitutive nature of text and context, the sense of entanglement that accompanies networked thought.