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Humanist Archives: Nov. 4, 2022, 6:48 a.m. Humanist 36.233 - events: Computational Analysis of Youth Fiction

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        Date: 2022-11-03 19:02:34+00:00
        From: James Cummings <>
        Subject: ATNU Virtual Speaker: 2022-11-09 5pm GMT, "Computational Analysis of Youth Fiction with the Young Readers Database of Literature" Dombrowski, Ge, Nomura, and Sherman.

Our next speakers in the ATNU Virtual Speaker Series are Quinn
Dombrowski,Karen Ge, Nichole Nomura, and Alex Sherman, who will talk to
us about computational Analysis of Youth Fiction with the Young Readers
Database of Literature <>.

Join us on Wednesday 9 November 2022 via Zoom at 5pm UK time (GMT). (We
will send the zoom link to all registered attendees shortly before the


"Computational Analysis of Youth Fiction with the Young Readers
Database of Literature"
Quinn Dombrowski, Karen Ge, Nichole Nomura, and Alex Sherman (Stanford
Wednesday 9 November 2022

5pm (GMT)[Check Your Timezone


  From detective fiction, to fan fiction, to 21st century bestsellers,
the range of Anglophone corpora under consideration by scholars who use
computational text analysis methods have expanded dramatically from the
easily-accessible materials in the public domain. Nonetheless, youth
literature has continued to be largely overlooked by digital humanities
scholars. Literature for young readers is already of interdisciplinary
interest, drawing in scholars from such disparate fields as childhood
studies, education, and media studies. Youth literature has also become
a political lightning rod, with censorship and book banning on the rise
throughout the United States. However, the only commercially available
data sets of youth literature only include materials through the
beginning of the 20th century, omitting the works that have played a
significant role in shaping the worldview of today's adults.

In this talk, we will describe the creation and organizing principles
underpinning theYoung Readers Database of Literature
<> (YRDL), a collection of over 30,000 books of youth
literature, mostly published in the late 20th and early 21st century.
We'll discuss why we constructed this project as a database, rather than
a corpus, and how we envision its use for future research projects. We
will also present a number of case studies that illustrate the potential
for a project like YRDL to illuminate trends in youth literature that
are usually handled only anecdotally, or through the analysis of
award-winning books, which are poorly representative of the publishing
landscape as a whole. These case studies will include the depiction of
explicit East and South Asian identities (as part of the rise of more
diverse representation in youth literature), agency in teenage
relationships, the use of risqué language, and the portrayal of math

Quinn Dombrowski <>is
digital humanities staff in the Division of Literatures, Cultures, and
Languages, and in the Library, at Stanford University.Karen Ge
<>is an undergraduate at Stanford
majoring in Symbolic Systems.Nichole Nomura
<>andAlex Sherman
<>are graduate
students in English at Stanford. All are members of theStanford Literary
Lab <>.


Many Thanks,
Dr James Cummings, Senior Lecturer in Late-Medieval Literature and
Digital Humanities,
School of English, Newcastle University
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