Stanford Literary Lab Associate Directors, Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan Heuser, Visit UCSB

Screen Shot 2014-11-19 at 9.59.03 AMAn upcoming lecture and demonstration to be given by Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan HeuserAssociate Research Directors of the Stanford Literary Lab will take place on Thursday, November 13, 2014, at SH 2635, 3:30-5:00. The Early Modern Center and Transcriptions Research Center are co-sponsoring this event. Mark Algee-Hewitt and Ryan Heuser will introduce two of the many projects of the Stanford Literary Lab. Their talk is entitled,

“From Poetic Meter to The Affect of Suspense: Two Approaches to Quantitative Formalism”
In the first half of this presentation, Ryan Heuser will discuss the Stanford Literary Lab’s Transhistorical Poetry Project. This study traces the variation of poetic form over a large corpus of English-language poetry, combining the insights of prosodic and metrical analysis with the methods of phonetics, natural language processing, and statistics.
In the second half, Mark Algee-Hewitt will present the project Suspense: Language, Narrative, Affect. This project seeks to bridge the gap between the experience of suspense as it is felt by the reader in anticipation of impending events, and the formal features that may be responsible for producing this feeling. Does suspense work in the same way in every period and genre, and for all types of readers – or is it a highly individual reaction, promoted by techniques that vary according to time and place? The diverse group of researchers involved in this project are exploring these central questions – which lie at the intersection of language, narrative and psychology – via a detailed comparative analysis of “suspenseful” texts from 1750 to the present day.

Then on Friday, November 14, at the Transcriptions Center, SH 2509, 10-12, there will be a special colloquium where Mark and Ryan, and the Transcriptions Center and EMC faculty will discuss their ongoing digital projects.

The schedule for this event is free-flowing and casual. Mark and Ryan will talk about their projects at Stanford Literary Lab in-between presentations by UCSB graduate students and faculty: