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Literary scholar visits IU



Literary scholar and advocate for digital humanity scholarship Franco Moretti will be presenting two lectures Jan. 24 and 26 at IU.

Moretti is a professor in the humanities at Stanford University, the founder of the Center for the Study of the Novel, and founder and director of the Stanford Literary Lab. He founded the literary lab in 2010 as a way to analyze literature and past documents using statistics and computational methods, according to an IU press release.

He is also the author of seven books and the editor for a five-volume encyclopedia. Moretti’s visit is sponsored by the William T. Patten Foundation, which invites writers, researchers and authors to IU for a week long visit where they present their work.

An IU alumnus, William Patten endowed the foundation with a gift of funds to enable the foundation to bring scholars like Moretti to IU, according to the press release.

Moretti will give his first lecture on the digitization of literary archives and novels 7:30-9 p.m. Jan. 24 in Presidents Hall at IU. His second lecture will also take place in Presidents Hall on Jan. 26 at the same time. Moretti will talk about the painting and artwork of Aby Warburg and help the audience to gain a new understanding of how different emotional states can affect painting.

Dominick Jean

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