About

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Welcome to Plotting Poetry!

We are a keen gathering of scholars developing various computing and statistical apparatuses to describe and analyse metre, style and poetics. We entrust them with part of our research to gain in speed and/or power, escape the physical boundaries of what our mind can embrace, rethink the usual questions and address new ones previously out of reach of traditional readings. Statistical analyses, digital corpuses, miscellaneous inventories shed light upon literature and provide our interpretations with the physical evidence they had to do without so far, and they in turn raise hermeneutic challenges.

If you apply, would like to apply, or think one is entitled to apply mechanical devices to the reading of literary – and possibly poetic – texts, if you are keen on databases, text mining, stylometry or computational stylistics, then you are one of our group.

We focus on poetics, metrics, and stylistics, are open to adjacent fields, and try to gather once a year to share our findings and progress. Devices that did not yield the expected results, provided their shortcomings provide an interesting insight, are welcome too.

This group was born from the conference organised in Basel in October 2017 by Anne-Sophie Bories (Universität Basel), with the collaboration of Hugues Marchal (Universität Basel) and Gérald Purnelle (Université de Liège), where Franco Moretti and Valérie Beaudouin gave keynote lectures.

A second gathering happened in Berlin in September 2018, in the form of a workshop co-organised by Anne-Sophie Bories and Burkhard Meyer-Sickendiek (FU Berlin), a third is happening in Nancy in 2019, a conference co-organised by Anne-Sophie Bories and Véronique Montémont (ATILF), and a fourth is planned in Prague in 2020, co-organised by Petr Plecháč (Czech Academy of Sciences), Robert Kolar (Czech Academy of Sciences) and Anne-Sophie Bories.