Some of the innovative work being done in Stanford Humanities departments has gotten some interesting press lately:
The Chronicle of Higher Education has an article on Stanford’s new Literature Lab called Humanities go Google. The article describes the work that Franco Moretti, a Stanford professor of English and comparative literature, and Matt Jockers, lecturer and Academic Technology Specialist for SULAIR, are doing with “big data” and “distant reading”. Matt offers an important correction to the article on his own blog, noting that “Far from being the lab “grunts” that Parry calls them … students are the lifeblood of the lab, and the projects we are working on spring from their ideas and their passion for literature.” The two articles, along with Stanford Students use Digital Tools to Analyze Classic Texts provide a great overview of some very interesting and innovative work in digital humanities.
Another group of Stanford Humanities scholars are described in Literary Rock at Stanford (San Jose Mercury News) as “a rakish band of Stanford professors and their cronies”. The article describes the work of Glass Wave, a rock-fusion band whose songs are based on classic literary texts. Glass Wave began as an innovative teaching idea, and has since produced an 11 song self-titled CD. More links, videos and samples available on the band’s website.