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Visualization as Defamiliarization. Mixed-Methods Approaches to Historical Book Reviews

Brodén, Daniel ; Ingvarsson, Jonas ; Samuelsson, Lina ; Wåhlstrand Skärström, Victor (2024)
Visualization as Defamiliarization. Mixed-Methods Approaches to Historical Book Reviews.
doi: 10.26083/tuprints-00027397
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Item Type: Report
Type of entry: Primary publication
Title: Visualization as Defamiliarization. Mixed-Methods Approaches to Historical Book Reviews
Language: English
Date: 28 May 2024
Place of Publication: Darmstadt
Issue Number: 1
Series: CCLS2024 Conference Preprints
Series Volume: 3
Collation: 25 Seiten
DOI: 10.26083/tuprints-00027397
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This paper employs a dialectical mixed methods approach to revisit a previous study in comparative literature on discourses in literary criticism, using data visualizations to analyze the original material, 700 digitized literary book reviews from the years 1906, 1956, and 2006. The aim is to explore alternative ways of understanding the review material by comparatively examining visualizations on word and sentence levels, publication years, and genre categorizations. In the paper, we discuss significant patterns that emerge in the visualizations and how a combination of computational and interpretative analysis provide complementary perspectives on the text collection. Furthermore, drawing upon Russian formalist Viktor Shklovksy, we suggest the notion of ”defamiliarization” as a conceptual framework for the process of looking at familiar research material anew through the lens of visualization, potentially uncovering previously overlooked aspects of the data. We conclude by stressing the criticality of a contextual sensibility for understanding the visualizations.

Uncontrolled Keywords: book reviews, mixed methods, visualizations, close re-reading, digital humanities, defamiliarization
Status: Preprint
URN: urn:nbn:de:tuda-tuprints-273976
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This paper has been submitted to the conference track of JCLS. It has been peer reviewed and accepted for presentation and discussion at the 3rd Annual Conference of Computational Literary Studies at Vienna, Austria, in June 2024.

Classification DDC: 800 Literature > 800 Literature, rhetoric and criticism
Divisions: 02 Department of History and Social Science > Institut für Sprach- und Literaturwissenschaft > Digital Philology – Modern German Literary Studies
Date Deposited: 28 May 2024 07:55
Last Modified: 28 May 2024 07:55
URI: https://tuprints.ulb.tu-darmstadt.de/id/eprint/27397
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