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October 30, 2011

posted Oct 9, 2011, 7:12 PM by Leslie Murdock   [ updated Oct 9, 2011, 7:17 PM ]

Why the 19th  Century Irish Novel in English, isn’t


Matthew Jockers Ph.D.

Stanford University Lecturer


Sunday, October 30th, 4pm

United Irish Cultural Center, 2700 45th Avenue, San Francisco


The Irish Literary & Historical Society is pleased to present as guest speaker Stanford University scholar Matthew Jockers Ph.D. at our meeting on Sunday October 30th, at 4:00PM.  Dr. Jockers will talk about his work text-mining 4500 Irish, British, and American novels from the 19th century.  In his research he utilizes text mining techniques to extract thematic and stylistic data and uses this information to explore, explain, and detail the ways in which the 19th century Irish novel (in English) is distinct from the British and American novel of the same period. 


Dr. Jockers is a Lecturer and Academic Technology Specialist with the Department of English at Stanford University.  He splits his time between Humanities Computing and Irish Studies.  Much of his current work involves what he calls "macroanalysis," a sort of computer based text analysis designed for exploring large collections of literature. In Irish Studies, Jockers focuses on Irish-American fiction and is interested in the largely forgotten stories of Irish-Americans in the West. Recent publications include an essay profiling Kansas-Irish author Charles Driscoll and a survey of Irish-American literature in the San Francisco Bay Area.   This event is free for ILHS members, $5 suggested donation for visitors.


Tony Bucher



Visit the Patrick J. Dowling Library, ground floor of the UICC, 3-4pm October, 30th. 

For more information contact Valerie McGrew vtmcgrew@comcast.net  415-672-0375.