Rediscovering Texts as Data

Humanists have traditionally emphasized the ‘close reading’ of a text, where the value is placed on the nuances of specific passages. The increasing amount of digital text being published and archived affords us an opportunity to read the text differently—as data on a scale larger than ever before. This ‘distant reading’ approach (mediated through the computer) complements our ‘close reading’ by providing a broader context for interpretation previously inaccessible.