Click and Read: Computation and Text Analysis in the Post-print Era

deadline for submissions: 
September 30, 2016
full name / name of organization: 
Andrew Klobucar / Northeast Modern Language Association
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NeMLA's 2017 Annual Convention in Baltimore, Maryland 

March 23-26, 2017

Click and Read: Computation and Text Analysis in the Post-print Era

A significant pedagogical challenge following the recent shift from print to digital-media formats is the need to develop and maintain critical reading strategies for online literary analysis. Because traditional approaches to literature and professional writing were developed to engage different genres of print-based texts, today’s university educators find them pointedly lacking when applied to digital reading environments. This discrepancy appears simultaneously at both a practical and cognitive level. Students reading electronic texts, studies show, are more likely to avoid active note-taking, highlighting key passages or comparing multiple works. As a result, higher levels of comprehension, including remembering crucial premises and text-specific-terminologies, are adversely affected.

This panel seeks papers critically engaged with contemporary theories of reading and reading analysis in our current post-print era. Presentations are encouraged to look into how literary theory along with any corresponding methodologies for interpretation and assessment are responding to electronic modes of distribution. Special consideration will be given to papers able to examine the advanced development and use of computer assisted text analysis (CATA) software in the practice and teaching of literary criticism.

Suggested Topics/Areas of Study Include:

  • Digital or screen-based reading practices and their assessment in the Humanities
  • The use of new media technologies, mobile computing, AR and VR and tablet/e-reader devices to develop innovative narratologies and literary theories
  • Current developments in the use of Computer Assisted Text Analysis Tools in the classroom and to cultivate new humanities curricula
  • New reading practices in the digital humanities and the influence of computational reason and coding practices on literary studies
  • Live Coding: Computation and Performance in the classroom

Session Chair Andrew Klobucar (New Jersey Institute of Technology)

Abstract/Proposal Submission Guidelines: 
Please follow NeMLA’s online submission system: Register for your own account on the NeMLA site ( and then submit your paper proposal/abstract at this link:

The Deadline for Abstract/Proposal Submission is 30 September 2016

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