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On Literary Geography, a Video

On Literary Geography, a Video

“What is your dissertation project?” This is one of the more common questions asked of graduate students in a PhD program. Lisa Teichmann – one of our graduate students at .txtLAB – answers in a 3-minute video about her work using computation to think about translation, space, […]

Rethinking the Table of Contents

Rethinking the Table of Contents

I wanted to share an experiment that I worked on with Mark Algee-Hewitt to reconstruct the table of contents of our new collaboratively authored book, Interacting with Print. The book was written by 22 co-authors around the theme of interactivity. Mark and I thought it […]

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

Congratulations to Victoria Svaikovsky ARIA Intern for 2017

McGill hosted its annual event to showcase the work of undergraduate summer research projects. Among the many amazing projects was .txtLAB’s Victoria Svaikovsky who led a research project with two other students, Anne Meisner and Eve Kraicer-Melamed, on studying the intersections of race and Hollywood […]

Reviewer Interviews: Megan McLennan

Reviewer Interviews: Megan McLennan

  Megan McLennan is in her third year of undergraduate studies at Western University, pursuing an Honors Specialization Degree in Creative Writing and English Language and Literature. McLennan is known for her Youtube channel called “The Teen Book Addict” that has over 980 subscribers, on […]

Gender and Equity in Publishing

Gender and Equity in Publishing

The Just Review team held an inspiring event last night. It was a roundtable of six women discussing their experiences with academic and literary publishing. It was an amazing conversation covering many different perspectives. We had two academics, one editor, one publisher, a novelist and […]

Investigating Topic Bias and Gender Representation in Syllabi

Investigating Topic Bias and Gender Representation in Syllabi

We were disheartened to find that courses at McGill upheld gender bias, and across all faculties, male authors largely overwhelmed female authors. Topic bias occurs when certain topics are disproportionately associated with specific genders. For example, we know that in book reviews female authors are […]

Are novels getting easier to read?

Are novels getting easier to read?

I’ve been experimenting with using readability metrics lately. They offer a very straightforward way of measuring textual difficulty, usually consisting of some ratio of sentence and word length. They date back to the work of Rudolf Flesch, who developed the “Flesch Reading Ease” metric. Today, […]

An Open Letter to the MLA

An Open Letter to the MLA

Dear Prof. Taylor, I am writing to you as a member of the MLA who has concerns about the practices and policies relating to the society’s data and its impact on research. This is an issue that effects many scholarly organizations. For this reason I […]


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