New Theories and Methods for Screen-Centred Interfaces: A Pilot Study

  • Sonia Howell National University of Ireland
Keywords: World literature, Digital humanities, Textual analysis, Specialist and generalist methods, Computer scienece, Traditional textual scholarship, National literature


Driven by the debate between “specialist” and “generalist” methods of analysis in the study of world literature, we embarked upon a case study consisting of a textual analysis of the dialogical relationship between patient and therapist in “factional” Irish and English novels. By appropriately encoding text passages and using suitable visualization techniques, we aspired to provide a methodology that could be utilized at both national and international levels of study. This paper will argue that both the findings generated by the software developed, and those discovered through the development process, serve to visibly enhance both traditional textual scholarship and work in the field of Digital Humanities.

Author Biography

Sonia Howell, National University of Ireland
Doctoral Fellow with An Foras Feasa and the School of English, Media, and Theatre Studies at the National University of Ireland, Maynooth, Maynooth, Co. Kildare, Ireland