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Maxwell Larson

Maxwell Larson

Postdoctoral Teaching Fellow in English
29 Burrowes Building
Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Mailroom: 430 Burrowes Building

Maxwell Larson

Summer 2022 Office Hours

tuesday 1030-1230 @ zoom || wednesday 1:20-2:20 @ office


Penn State University, M.A. English 2015
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.

My essay, "Optimizing Chess: Philology and Algorithmic Culture," was published this winter by Diacritics.