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CLT seminar: Julia Pennlert & Sverker Lundin - Language technology as a research tool for literary studies

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Data and Methodology in the PhD-Project “Poetry Processes on the Internet”

Poetry communities are good examples of how Internet during the last decade has radically changed the condition for production and consumption of literary texts. On the Web, everyone can publish, read and discuss poetry. One of these new arenas is the Swedish community www.poeter.se, with about 26 000 registered members. This community is the main focus of Julia Pennlert’s PhD project “Poetry processes on the Internet”. The project deals with questions concerning the content of web-published poetry, the comments on these poems and the valuation of these poems (i.e. processes of canonization) in this special web-based context.

On poeter.se thousands of users publish an enormous amount of poems, comments, discussions posts and value judgements. There are different ways of “using” this arena for anyone interested in poetry. Together they constitute a large research material with a complex structure. This kind of material also opens up for fascinating possibilities for using language technology as a tool in the task of answering new kinds of questions for the literary scholars, as well as other web-based researches. The material and these questions also pose a challenge to language technology.

In the seminar we talk about how we work together and present examples of how the material can be represented and explored in ways meaningful from the point of view of literary studies.

Julia Pennlert (Umeå university) and Sverker Lundin (University of Gothenburg)

 

Date: 2011-03-24 10:15 - 12:00

Location: L308, Lennart Torstenssonsgatan 8

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