Digital Methodology in the Linguistic Study of Literature: Theory

deadline for submissions: 
March 23, 2020
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Digital Methodology in the Linguistic Study of Literature: Theory

Linguistics and Literature Forum Session 1

MLA 2021 Annual Convention, Toronto, Jan 7-10

Digital tools have indisputably made many tasks in the linguistic study of literature much easier and faster than used to be. But the turn to digital methods has brought more than ease and efficiency; it has forever changed the field. What are the ways in which digital tools have shaped the linguistic study of literature? And what are the ways literary studies has itself inspired innovation, methods, and the development of new digital tools?

Presentations might theorize any of the following: the relationship between the linguistic study of literature and critical digital humanities; the way pedagogy interacts with digital methods; ethical considerations around corpus collection, storage, and handling; the way a particular digital tool or technique has raised new questions in literary linguistics; notions of authorship and collaboration; considerations for the future of digital methods--what’s next in the linguistic study of literature? These are only a few ways to approach the panel; we welcome other avenues and ideas.

Please submit your 200-word abstract and C.V. to Carly Overfelt at overfelt@gustavus.edu by March 23.