Today we were joined (virtually) by Dr. Paul Vierthaler of Leiden University, to talk about his work text mining Jin Ping Mei (a 17th century Chinese novel), in a presentation entitled “Intertextuality, Classification, and Late Imperial Chinese Literature.” Specifically, we looked at intertextuality via text reuse, and experimental attempts at authorship attribution along with text classification. He also taught us very clearly about PCA, a perennial challenge for WORD LAB participants! Read on for a detailed overview of our conversation.Continue reading Feb 21, 2019 WORD LAB: Paul Vierthaler
Beth Seltzer is a library postdoc at Penn Libraries, who works with Victorian detective fiction and is a recent Temple University Grad. You can find her on Twitter: @beth_seltzer. Her title is ‘Drood Resuscitated’!
The presentation is on her work on Charles Dickens’s last novel, The Mystery of Edwin Drood, which was serialized until and just a little after his death because he had written a few more installments before he died. Many unanswered questions at the end of the book, including about the characters and whether it was even going to be a detective novel in the first place.