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Reading Modernism with Machines

Digital Humanities and Modernist Literature

  • Shawna Ross
  • James O'Sullivan
  • Draws on pioneering primary research to offer insightful new readings of modernist texts

  • Offers one of the most comprehensive initial forays into the digital humanities within modernist studies

  • Presents the latest approaches to modernist studies through the lens of digital humanities

Palgrave Macmillan

Table of contents

  1. Front Matter
    Pages i-xxi
  2. Shawna Ross
    Pages 1-13
  3. Dean Irvine
    Pages 15-48
  4. Adam Hammond, Julian Brooke, Graeme Hirst
    Pages 49-77
  5. Kathryn Holland, Jana Smith Elford
    Pages 109-134
  6. Hannah McGregor, Nicholas van Orden
    Pages 135-163
  7. Kurt Cavender, Jamey E. Graham, Robert P. Fox Jr., Richard Flynn, Kenyon Cavender
    Pages 223-241
  8. Back Matter
    Pages 291-301

About this book


This book uses the discipline-specific, computational methods of the digital humanities to explore a constellation of rigorous case studies of modernist literature.

From data mining and visualization to mapping and tool building and beyond, the digital humanities offer new ways for scholars to questions of literature and culture. With the publication of a variety of volumes that define and debate the digital humanities, we now have the opportunity to focus attention on specific periods and movements in literary history. Each of the case studies in this book emphasizes literary interpretation and engages with histories of textuality and new media, rather than dwelling on technical minutiae. Reading Modernism with Machines thereby intervenes critically in ongoing debates within modernist studies, while also exploring exciting new directions for the digital humanities—ultimately reflecting on the conjunctions and disjunctions between the technological cultures of the modernist era and our own digital present. 


twentieth century literature literary criticism computational analysis Virginia Woolf James Joyce T. S. Eliot Mina Loy Kenneth Fearing Jean Rhys Djuna Barnes data visualization digital archives modular architecture markup languages digital tools big data z-axis research digital remediation algorithmic criticism machine as information

Editors and affiliations

  • Shawna Ross
    • 1
  • James O'Sullivan
    • 2
  1. 1.Department of EnglishTexas A&M University Department of EnglishCollege StationUSA
  2. 2.Humanities Research InstituteUniversity of SheffieldSheffieldIreland

About the editors

Shawna Ross is an assistant professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University, USA, where she researches and teaches British modernism, the digital humanities, oceanic studies, and Henry James.

James O’Sullivan is the Digital Humanities Research Associate at the Humanities Research Institute at the University of Sheffield, UK, where he researches digital culture and modernity, digital poetics, and electronic literature.

Bibliographic information


Reading Modernism with Machines attains one of the most elusive of all digital humanities objectives: it demonstrates – with actual findings – how scholars can use computational methods to produce new literary critical insights. It compels us to recognize that DH has much to offer modernist studies — and vice versa. With the publication of this collection digital modernist studies has at last arrived. Reading Modernism with Machines will transform the field of modernist studies and move digital humanities research into the literary critical mainstream. And it’s about time.” (Stephen Ross, Associate Professor of English, University of Victoria, Canada)

“Reading Modernism with Machines is a smart and diverse collection of essays that examines digital methodologies as they work with and against key moments in Modernist Studies. This work is an important step forward for both Digital Humanists and Modernists alike. Contributors engage a variety of digital interventions to provide useful insights and revealing studies of several literary touchstones of the early-twentieth century.” (Erin E. Templeton, Associate Professor of English, Converse College, USA)