social graphs for literature

from Reading: Gone too Far? – theory on demand.

It may be limited what  ‘distant reading’ (understanding literature through data aggregation) can achieve. However, creating social graphs for works of literature could be an interesting exercise for students. After all, the typical character descriptions, which have to be written for homework and in student essays can be copypasted from all over the internet. A “character graph” may lead to some interesting discussions and insights. It may help to keep track of all the characters in War and Peace too.

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