A Perspectival History of Fiction in English, 1800–2008
M. H. Abrams Fellowship, 2018–19
Originally trained as a scholar of British Romanticism, Ted Underwood now works across the whole period from the eighteenth century to the present—focusing especially on questions that benefit from the perspective of a long timeline. He teaches in the School of Information Sciences as well as the English Department at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign, and has recently completed a book, Distant Horizons, about the new historical perspectives opened up by machine learning and digital libraries. His research interests include: distant reading, British romanticism, history of science, theories of historicism, institutional history and sociology of literary study and computational social science and text mining more generally.
- Speaking October 2, 2018 at the National Humanities Center, “Digital Humanities Nuts and Bolts: From Idea to Sustainable Project.”
- Speaking October 30, 2018 at North Carolina State University, “High Performance Computing in the Humanities.”
- Underwood, Ted. “A Genealogy of Distant Reading.” Digital Humanities Quarterly 11, no. 2 (2017).
- Underwood, Ted. “The Life Cycles of Genres.” Cultural Analytics 23 (2016).
- English, James F. and Underwood, Ted. “Shifting Scales: Between Literature and Social Science.” Modern Language Quarterly 77, no. 3 (2016): 277-95.
- Underwood, Ted. Why Literary Periods Mattered: Historical Contrast and the Prestige of English Studies. Stanford, CA: Stanford University Press, 2013.
- Underwood, Ted. The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760–1860. New York: Palgrave, 2005.