Visiting Scholar to Speak on Working with Early English Texts and Computers

March 16, 2015

The UVA English Department is hosting Anupam Basu, the Mark Steinberg Weil Post-Doctoral Fellow at the Interdisciplinary Project in the Humanities and the Humanities Digital Workshop at Washington University, St. Louis. He will give a presentation on “Of Archives and Algorithms: A Computational Approach to Orthographic Variation in Early English Print.”

Basu's research into representations of crime and social change in Tudor and Stuart English literature led him to work with EEBO-TCP (Early English Books Online - Text Creation Partnership). The EEBO-TCP corpus consists of SGML/XML-encoded texts from the Early English Books Online Database. These texts show wide variations in spelling, grammar, and printing form, however, making it difficult to perform large-scale computer analyses. To help address this problem, his Early Modern Print: Text Mining Early Printed English project is developing tools to allow scholars to work with the large and complicated EEBO-TCP collection of English texts published before 1700.

The presentation will take place 5pm Tuesday, March 17,in the Faculty Lounge on the 2nd floor of Bryan Hall. Questions should be directed to Brad Pasanek.