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15 Mar
Gabi Kirilloff Talk: Keeping the Reader Close: A Computational Look at Narrative
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Composition Program, Department of English
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Gabi Kirilloff Talk: Keeping the Reader Close: A Computational Look at Narrative

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Gabi Kirilloff is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specializes in digital humanities, new media studies, and American literature. She’s also a 2012 graduate of Pitt, with a major in English Literature. Dr. Kirilloff’s visit is sponsored by the Department of English, the English Literature and Composition programs, Slavic Dept, CMU Modern Languages, Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies, and Frederick Honors College.

About the talk, from Dr. Kirilloff: This talk draws from my current book project, which uses computational methods to explore how authors from the Victorian era to the present have addressed their readers. Direct address can evoke sympathy, foster guilt, even spark fear. Drawing on a database of 60,000 instances of address, I argue that the history of address is the history of fictional closeness; address demonstrates an ever-present tension between pulling the reader into the world of fiction and keeping the reader at arm’s length. This tension complicates demarcations between literary periods and movements. As part of the talk, I will also discuss the challenges, benefits, and limitations of using computational tools to address literary questions.

Wednesday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, 358
Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213

Gabi Kirilloff Talk: Keeping the Reader Close: A Computational Look at Narrative

Gabi Kirilloff is Assistant Professor of English at Washington University in St. Louis, where she specializes in digital humanities, new media studies, and American literature. She’s also a 2012 graduate of Pitt, with a major in English Literature. Dr. Kirilloff’s visit is sponsored by the Department of English, the English Literature and Composition programs, Slavic Dept, CMU Modern Languages, Dietrich School Undergraduate Studies, and Frederick Honors College.

About the talk, from Dr. Kirilloff: This talk draws from my current book project, which uses computational methods to explore how authors from the Victorian era to the present have addressed their readers. Direct address can evoke sympathy, foster guilt, even spark fear. Drawing on a database of 60,000 instances of address, I argue that the history of address is the history of fictional closeness; address demonstrates an ever-present tension between pulling the reader into the world of fiction and keeping the reader at arm’s length. This tension complicates demarcations between literary periods and movements. As part of the talk, I will also discuss the challenges, benefits, and limitations of using computational tools to address literary questions.

Wednesday, March 15 at 5:00 p.m. to 6:30 p.m.

Cathedral of Learning, 358
Fifth Ave at Bigelow, Pittsburgh, 15213

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