Our most respected newspapers want their stories to be accurate because once the words are on paper, and the paper is in someone’s hands, there’s no changing them. The words are literally fixed in ink to the page, and mass produced into many copies that are pretty much impossible to recall. Reputations can rise and
A Dictionary, A Database, A Desultory Reader: Metaphors for the Mind in Eighteenth-Century Literature
Brad Pasanek, Assistant Professor of Literature at the University of Virginia, explores the topic of text-mining through his research in the use of language and metaphor in eighteenth-century British literature.
The difficulties engendered by the complicated patterns of repetition in Gertrude Stein's 900-page novel _The Making of Americans_ make it almost impossible to read this modernist tome in a traditional, linear manner as any page (most are startlingly similar) will show. However, by visualizing certain of its patterns--by looking at the text "from a distance"--through