Distant Reading

In this episode Kim talks with Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu about distant reading.

Ama Bemma provides her Global Poetics Project as an awesome example of distant reading. She also references Franco Moretti’s book Distant Reading (Verso, 2013) and Ted Underwood’s essay “A Genealogy of Distant ReadingDigital Humanities Quarterly 11 no. 2 (2017). Take a look at her short blog post on big data at the Network for Digital Humanities in Africa, for more of her insights on distant reading.

In the longer version of our conversation Ama Bemma gave the African literary blog Brittle Paper as another example of contemporary digital humanities work. She also mentions James Yeku’s symposium on African digital storytelling.

Towards the end we discuss Alan Liu’s commentary on cultural criticism in the digital humanities, and the philosophical amusements of “What is Digital Humanities?” Make sure when you visit that last page that you reload the page!

Ama Bemma Adwetewa-Badu is a Ford Foundation Dissertation Fellow (2021-2022) and a Ph.D. Candidate (ABD) in the Department of Literatures in English at Cornell University, who researches post-1960s global literary networks, focusing on poetry and poets from around the world. You can read her essay on “Poetry from Afar: Distant Reading, Global Poetics, and the Digital Humanities” in Modernism and Modernity.

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Music used in promotional material: “These many stairs” by Tendon Levey

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