Sunday Book-Thought 128

Text analysis has value. It exposes start points for study and permits the investigation of social and cultural issues in texts at a scale no representative single selective exegesis can produce. It shifts from the symptomatic to the systematic as a mode of inquiry. But often the patterns it shows are the patterns of the processing algorithm and its underlying model.
Johanna Drucker, ‘Why Distant Reading Isn’t’, PMLA, 132.3 (2017), 628-635 (p. 633).

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