MemberMatthew F. Wickman

Interdisciplinary literary and cultural studies, including in disciplines outside the humanities (e.g., the sciences, mathematics, law, etc.); Scottish literary and intellectual history, 1707-the present; British literature of the long eighteenth century; Romanticism; modernism; critical and literary theory; the Enlightenment and its intellectual legacy; history and morphology of literary forms; literary and intellectual history; crime fiction

DepositGenre as Fictional Action

The arcticle is an interdisciplinary study between literary and rhetorical genre research. Its starting point is the well-deserved leading position held by Rhetorical Genre Studies (RGS). The article proposes a scholarly collaboration between Literary Studies and RGS and posits one possible starting point for this collaboration by utilizing Carolyn Miller´s central concept of “Genre as Social Action” as a way to analyze literary characters´ social actions within narratives through an interpretation of their uses of genre.

MemberJulie Beth Napolin

I teach modernism, sound studies, and film & media at the New School. I am a postdoctoral fellow in the Price Lab for Digital Humanities at the University of Pennsylvania, working on a project titled, “The Sound of Yoknapatawpha: An Acoustic Ecology.” I am particularly interested in the history of sound technology, its entanglements with race, and what these can tell us about the novel as form.

DepositWhy We Read Fiction: Theory of Mind and the Novel

Why We Read Fiction focuses on one of the most exciting areas of research in contemporary cognitive psychology known as “Theory of Mind” and discusses its implications for literary studies. It covers a broad range of fictional narratives, from Richardson’s Clarissa, Dostoyevski’s Crime and Punishment, and Austen’s Pride and Prejudice to Woolf’s Mrs. Dalloway, Nabokov’s Lolita, and Hammett’s The Maltese Falcon. Written for a general audience, this study provides a jargon-free introduction to the rapidly growing interdisciplinary field of cognitive approaches to literature and culture.

DepositChinese 211: Bibliography and Research Methods

The purpose of this course is to introduce graduate students to the tools, methods, and history of sinology. Sinology refers to the study of China as performed in a philological manner. Philology refers to the historical study of language and literature in its fullest context. It is inherently interdisciplinary. It draws on the fields of linguistics, literary studies, history, art history, archaeology, religious studies, geography, and more. Though its ultimate aims are grand, philology is especially attentive to detail: the footnote, the comma, the variant, the accidental brush mark of a long-dead scribe. It is rooted in what Qing scholars called xiaoxue 小學, and, accordingly, our motto this quarter will be: THINK SMALL.

MemberNatalie Berkman

Natalie Berkman recently completed her Ph.D. in French Literature at Princeton University with a certificate in Italian Studies. Her research focuses on 19th and 20th century French and Italian literature, with her dissertation examining the mathematical methods of the interdisciplinary French literary collective, the OuLiPo. She also engages in digital humanities research, and has carried out multiple individual and group projects involving exploratory programming and text encoding.

MemberFolgert Karsdorp

I am a tenure-track researcher at the Meertens Institute of the Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences. My research is interdisciplinary, adopting computational methods to study the field of humanities, in particular folkloristics. My research interests lie in the development of computational text analysis methods in the context of ethnology, anthropology, literary theory and cultural evolution (see my résumé for further details). Drop me a line or follow me on Twitter or GitHub.