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Microscopes, telescopes or kaleidoscopes? Using digital quantitative methods to explore patterns and textures in a literary corpus

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The study of poetry has been mandatory for pupils in England since 1988, and English examinations for 16 year olds have compulsory questions on specified poems in exam board anthologies. Half a million schoolchildren a year for 28 years is a lot of poetry in the collective cultural imagination, yet until now there has been no systematic study of what that body of poetry is. In this talk I will show how I am using digital quantitative methods of textual analysis to see this literary corpus from different perspectives and to facilitate fresh debate about its purpose in the curriculum.

Julie Blake is a PhD student in Education. Her thesis will examine the nature of the poetry specified for study by some 14 million people in England since its mandatory inscription in the National Curriculum in 1988. She is interested in digital methods, large archives, and processes of cultural transmission.

This talk is part of the Pedagogy, Language, Arts & Culture in Education (PLACE) Group Seminars series.

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