Tag: character

Detecting gender in 26,000 literary characters

Detecting gender in 26,000 literary characters

Eve Kraicer and I have co-authored a new piece in The Journal of Cultural Analytics. It’s called “Social Characters” and looks at the distribution of gender among characters in a collection of ca. 1,300 contemporary novels. Where previous work has emphasized the growing gender parity […]

Are characters really all that special?

Are characters really all that special?

Browsing through the history of literature, you are likely to find authors poking fun at their characters for just being words on the page. As George Eliot writes in Middlemarch, “‘He has got no good red blood in his body,’ said Sir James. ‘No somebody put […]

How can we understand characters using data?

How can we understand characters using data?

So for my first post, I want to discuss techniques that you can use to find and understand “characters” in literary texts. The tool I will be discussing is called BookNLP and is developed by David Bamman at UC Berkeley. It is a wonderful resource […]

It’s character month

It’s character month

It’s character month at txtLAB, which means I will be talking a lot about characters in books this month (not the ethical kind of character that David Brooks likes). My first post will be about the overall lack of semantic distinction surrounding characters. In other […]

Identity: NovelTM Annual Workshop 2016

Identity: NovelTM Annual Workshop 2016

I am very pleased to announce the upcoming workshop for the NovelTM research group. This year’s theme is “Identity” and will be taking place at the Banff Research Centre in Banff, Alberta. For two days participants will meet and share new work that uses computational […]

Detecting Literary Characters

Detecting Literary Characters

We are pleased to announce the acceptance of a new paper in this year’s Conference for Empirical Methods in Natural Language Processing (EMNLP-15). The paper offers additional methods beyond NER for identifying characters in novels. This work is part of our on-going project of studying […]

Development of a (Semi-) Automatic Character Network Tool

Development of a (Semi-) Automatic Character Network Tool

This is the third post in the series of .txtLAB intern projects. It is authored by Tristan Dahn. The concept of social network analysis – initially rooted in classical sociology and more recently in the social scientific, mathematic, and computer science realms – dates at […]