Entries by Justin Tonra


A New ELTeC Baby

News of a new ELTeC-related project from Action member Roxana Patras. Pop-Lite: Romanian Popular Novels and Their Sub-genres during the Long Nineteenth Century: digital editing and corpus analysis is a pioneer Romanian initiative that combines DH tools and methods with traditional approaches to Romanian literary history and theory. The project aims to address the lack […]


Digital Library of Serbian ELTeC Novels

A new digital library was recently established at the University Library „Svetozar Marković“ in Belgrade, Serbia, initially populated by novels from the Serbian contribution to the ELTeC corpus. Users of the library can simultaneously read a digital facsimile of a copy of the chosen novel, as well as a text-only version. Many researchers and volunteers […]


UMA welcomes experts in European literature from 24 countries

This is a translation of an article about our recent Action meeting in Málaga, written by Cristina Fernández and originally published in Málaga Hoy on 18 February 2020. We are grateful for permission to publish this translation of the original article. The project tries to search through distant reading for a common tradition in the […]

Distant Reading Novel Collections Released in ELTeC Version 0.5.0

One of the principal aims of our Action, Distant Reading for European Literary History, is to build a multilingual European Literary Text Collection (ELTeC), ultimately containing around 2,500 full-text novels in at least 10 different languages. Today, we are pleased to announce the first public release of ELTeC, with nine language collections included! The ultimate aim is for ELTeC […]

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Invitation to Doctoral Training School: “Distant Reading – Tools and Methods.” Basel, 12-13 December 2019.

Distant reading, driven by the development of digital technology in the human sciences, has emerged as one of the most prolific approaches to literary texts. Maps, graphs and trees, in Moretti’s (2005) words, allow us to reread famous works in a new way, or to look at large amounts of texts that have long been […]

Distant Reading Recommends: Beatin dnevnik (Beata’s Diary) by Luiza Pesjak.

The fifth article of the Distant Reading Recommends series is written by Katja Mihurko Poniž of the University of Nova Gorica in Slovenia. She describes Beatin dnevnik / Beata’s Diary, the first novel written in Slovene by a woman writer, and one containing numerous interesting echoes of nineteenth century literature from elsewhere in Europe. In Distant Reading Recommends, an […]

Distant Reading Recommends: Nove (The New Women) by Jelena Dimitrijević

The fourth article of the Distant Reading Recommends series comes from Serbia, and is written by Cvetana Krstev of the University of Belgrade and Vasilije Milnovic of the University Library “Svetozar Markovic,” University of Belgrade. They introduce a prominent oriental-themed novel from the Serbian tradition, puzzlingly neglected today but notable for its formal and thematic innovations. In Distant […]

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Distant Reading in Portuguese

The First Workshop on Distant Reading in Portuguese will take place on 27-28 October 2019 at the University of Oslo, and will feature a presentation on our COST Action on Distant Reading for European Literary History by Isabel Araújo Branco, Diana Santos, Paulo Silva Pereira and Raquel Amaro. At the conference, which features additional presentations […]


The HAI-RO project: a new offshoot of the Distant Reading COST Action

We are very happy to announce that Action members Roxana Patraș and Ioana Galleron received approval for funding their project HAI-RO (Hajduk Novels in Romania During the Long Nineteenth Century: Digital Edition and Corpus Analysis Assisted by Computational Tools) within the “Brâncuși” Program for Integrated Actions. Even if the acronym HAI-RO originally stood for “Romanian […]

Distant Reading Recommends: Under the Yoke by Ivan Vazov

The third article of the Distant Reading Recommends series is written by Ellie Boyadzhieva of the South-West University of Blagoevgrad in Bulgaria. She describes a prominent revolutionary novel from the Bulgarian tradition whose enduring popularity is felt to this day. In Distant Reading Recommends, an Action member introduces a novel, published between 1850 and 1920, from one of […]