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Maxwell Larson

Maxwell Larson

English Graduate Assistant

4 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

State College , Pennsylvania 16801

Office Hours:

  • I am not teaching this spring, but I am almost constantly available via email.


  1. Penn State University, M.A. English 2015
  2. University of Nebraska - Lincoln, B.A. English 2012

Professional Bio

My dissertation is about two distinct modes of textual analysis: critical and computational. Although current debates surrounding Digital Humanities and “distant reading” might lead literary scholars to believe that any relationship between computational methods and critical methods is relatively new, I trace their interpenetration back to the origins of electronic computing in the 1940s. By pairing four computational methods of textual analysis—transformational grammar, stylo-statistics, content analysis, and cliometrics—with four literary intellectuals who engaged with them—Christine Brooke-Rose, J.M. Coetzee, Clarence Major, and Henry Louis Gates, Jr.—my dissertation attempts not to combine computation with critique, but to understand why we imagine them as divided in the first place.