The Bengal Annual: A Digital Exploration of Non-Canonical British Romantic LiteratureMain MenuAbout the ProjectAn introduction to the project and tools usedGallery of Bengal Annual PagesSelect pages and engravings from The Bengal AnnualFoundational ConceptsBig 6 concepts, Brown Romantics, Orientalism, and Literary AnnualsLiterary AnalysesClose readings of The Bengal Annual and related textsMetrics and Computational ApproachesLooking at The Bengal Annual as DataOur Process and Research ChallengesReflections by participants from Spring 2019Dan Jerome Dirilo5676d58b096c4af6914df4906f99f9fbd1ca5ecbMarisa Plumb21ba4448d26d1c7d243736384410ccb17645b1daKatherine D. Harris2c76f88c9129ca83bd2527cf3ebf553d234db255Keith Gilesdc71521d370db9b470178aa51e4d5b5a14bad314Taylor-Dawn Francis5b1815c93680212e9e5fc883affa153dfce462a3Samantha Douglas3ce20df51e66c28206c668fb9f7e6cc0c3b90b83http://www.sjsu.edu/english
1media/Screen Shot 2019-05-12 at 12.46.43 PM.png2019-05-12T19:24:19-07:00Metrics and Computational Approaches26Looking at The Bengal Annual as Dataplain2019-05-24T04:28:50-07:00After taking some accounting and articulating categories for literary texts, we took three data-driven approaches to interpreting The Bengal Annual for 1830 holistically, with the assumption that it contains patterns that statistics and text analysis could uncover.
To better grasp its contents and how the editor chose to include genres, topics, and writers, we generated graphs that represent these distributions.
To explore a hypothesis that bodies are described differently British male authors, women authors, and Indian authors in the annual, we mined the annual using statistical tools and traditional analysis.
To explore the thesis that the concepts typically associated with British Romantic Literature are represented differently in a text that was written and produced in the different space and set of contributors who were not exclusively British natives, we experimented with how word embeddings could help us with semantic similarity tasks when comparing the annual to texts like Lyrical Ballads.