The SIG-DLS builds a strong link between ADHO and all activities that are of an interest to the DLS-community. We at SIG-DLS have put in motion a couple of initatives and are ready for more. Our activities include:
- Sponsoring workshops, training events/schools, conference panels, other events [see below for updates and past events]
- Keeping a tool inventory that bundles our community’s methods and practical tools in a spreadsheet. The inventory features real and recent tools only that have been tested and tried, as documented in (peer-reviewed) publications.
- Creating technical/theoretical challenges and/or shared tasks in order to foster best practices, methodological innovation and benchmarking
- Running and monitoring a blog that covers all things related to Digital Literary Stylistics, including a series of posts on handy tools for style analysis, as well as reports on DLS-relevant events
- Keeping members in contact with one another and up to date about events and information of interest, e.g. via our mailing list
- Curating workshop proceedings and a special issue on digital literary stylistics (see a first rationale)
- Curating a Stylometry Bibliography, including a list of recommended readings on Zotero (see beta version and background information)
The SIG-DLS was originally devised during a workshop at the ADHO DH2016 conference in Krakow, Poland.
DH2018 Mexico City
The 2018 Digital Humanities Conference in Mexico City featured a workshop endorsed by the SIG-DLS! The tutorial combined text reuse and stylometry, zoning in on Rowling’s Harry Potter and its offspins (see abstract below), led by Mike Kestemont, Greta Franzini, Enrique Manjavacas, and Marco Büchler. Here’s the announcement.
The re-creation of Harry Potter: Tracing style and content across novels, movie scripts and fanfiction
This tutorial brings together two popular and complementary text analysis tasks in DH; stylometry and text reuse detection. While stylometry typically focuses on how texts are written, text reuse studies are geared towards what texts are written about. Both methodologies tie into the theoretical notion of intertextuality, albeit in complementary ways. Creativity and individuality are important phenomena at stake in both fields: are writers at liberty to escape their own ‘stylome’ – or unique stylistic fingerprint – and to which extent can they free themselves from the many predecessors to which they are intertextually indebted? In this workshop we offer a hands-on introduction to these topics using the case study of Rowling’s Harry Potter novels, their well-known movie adaptations and the numerous works of fanfiction which this work has invited. The tutorial focuses on the use of a number of practical tools (Python, Tracer, Stylo) to tackle this fascinating case study.