Computational Literary Studies and Inclusion

We are interested in how the application of computational methods can stimulate new and more inclusive perspectives in literary studies. We are currenlty focusing on two main lines of research:

  • how the “distant reading” paradigm helps re-discover the “great unread” (Moretti, 2000; Moretti, 2013), questioning traditional interpretations of the literary canon;
  • how the computational exploration of wide phenomena such as “digital social reading” (Rebora et al., 2021) helps bridge the gap between professional and non-professional practices in literary criticism (Salgaro, 2022).

We explore these topics by bringing together the epistemological inquiries of literary theory and the methodological awareness of computer science, letting the two integrate each other.


  1. Conjectures on world literature
    Franco Moretti
    New left review, Feb 2000
  2. Distant reading
    Franco Moretti
    Feb 2013
    bibtex: moretti_distant_2013
  3. Digital humanities and digital social reading
    Simone Rebora, Peter Boot, Federico Pianzola, Brigitte Gasser, J Berenike Herrmann, Maria Kraxenberger, Moniek M Kuijpers, Gerhard Lauer, Piroska Lendvai, Thomas C Messerli, Pasqualina Sorrentino
    Digital Scholarship in the Humanities, Nov 2021
  4. Literary value in the era of big data. Operationalizing critical distance in professional and non-professional reviews
    Massimo Salgaro
    Journal of Cultural Analytics, Jun 2022