To learn more about the project, you can:
- Explore the interactive exhibit, “A Love Letter to Viral Texts.”
- Browse a growing, barebones edition of popular newspaper poetry uncovered in the project: “Fugitive Verses.”
Read our published papers:
- “‘Fugitive Verses’: The Circulation of Poems in Nineteenth-Century American Newspapers,” American Periodicals 27.1 (Spring 2017).
- “Reprinting, Circulation, and the Network Author in Antebellum Newspapers” and “Computational Methods for Uncovering Reprinted Texts in Antebellum Newspapers,” published in American Literary History 27.3 (August 2015).
- “Detecting and Modeling Local Text Reuse,” published in the Proceedings of IEEE/ACM Joint Conference on Digital Libraries (IEEE Computer Society Press, 2014).
- “Detecting and Evaluating Local Text Reuse in Social Networks,” published in the Proceedings of the Joint Workshop on Social Dynamics and Personal Attributes (Association for Computational Linguists, 2014).
- “Infectious Texts: Modeling Text Reuse in Nineteenth-Century Newspapers,” published in the Proceedings of the Workshop on Big Humanities (IEEE Computer Society Press, 2013).
And review press coverage of the project:
- Read about the project in an article by Britt Peterson in Smithsonian Magazine (print and online): “There Were Listicles That Went Viral Long Before There Was an Internet”
- Co-PI Ryan Cordell was interviewed by Scott Simon for NPR’s Weekend Edition: “Hot Content Went Viral in the 1800s, Too”
- Co-PI Ryan Cordell’s talk from the 2015 Modern Language Association Convention: “’Many Facts in Small Compass’: Information Literature in C19 Newspapers”
- Alexis Madrigal wrote about the project for Fusion: “The Appeal of Facts that Blow Your Mind, from the 19th Century to Buzzfeed”
- Our successful Start-Up Grant proposal to the NEH’s Office of Digital Humanities.
- Listen to an interview with project PI Ryan Cordell for WYNC’s On the Media.
- Listen to an interview with project PI Ryan Cordell for ABC (Australia) Radio’s Future Tense.
- Read a nice writeup of the project on Wired Magazine’s MapLab Blog, “Here’s How Memes Went Viral — In the 1800s”
- Rebecca Onion also wrote about one of our more interesting “Viral Texts” for Slate Magazine’s The Vault History Blog: “Life Advice for Young Men that Went Viral in the 1850s.”
- Read an interview with the NEH about the project on the Office of Digital Humanities’ blog.