MLQ Issue Highlights New and Digital Approaches to Literary History

Cover of the September 2016 issue of Modern Language Quarterly, volume 77, number 3

A recent issue of Modern Language Quarterly draws exclusively from Scale and Value: New and Digital Approaches to Literary History, a May 2015 conference co-sponsored by the Simpson Center for the Humanities and the journal.

Like the conference, the MLQ issue probes the changing nature and expansive possibilities of digital literary analysis. Two leaders in the field of large-scale textual analysis, James F. English (University of Pennsylvania) and Ted Underwood (University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign), served as editors for the September 2016 special issue. MLQ’s editor, Marshall Brown (Comparative Literature, Cinema & Media), was  co-organizer of Scale & Value, with support from Jessica Campbell (English).

The full issue of MLQ is available online, including an article by English and Underwood and others by Sharon Marcus, Hoyt Long and Richard Jean So, Heather Love, and others. Also included: the keynote paper by Mark McGurl (Stanford University), “Everything and Less: Fiction in the Age of Amazon.”

For more on McGurl’s provocative argument, see “How the Age of Amazon Is Reshaping Literary History.”

Congratulations, all!