- Copyright Page
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- Notes on Contributors
- In Ancient Rome
- In the Classroom
- In the Custom House
- In Public
- Across Borders
- Mental Representation
- Mindreading and Social Status
- Dyslexia: Through the Eyes of da Vinci
Abstract and Keywords
Enumerative reading is the attempt to account for quantity when we read. It entails a wide variety of practices that can range from accounting for the significance of numbers within texts, the number of texts themselves, to the numbers of words, or entities that populate texts. It activates three primary dispositions that each have significant genealogies within the humanities that I outline here. The first is self-reflexivity: enumeration makes us aware of the elements upon which our judgments and attachments to texts are made. Second, enumerative reading is translational in nature. It orients us to the movement between different sign systems. Finally, enumerative reading is synoptic. It aims to generalize and in so doing be active in the world. By way of illustration, I undertake an enumerative reading of the semantics of reading in a collection of ca. 6,500 novels published since the nineteenth century.
Andrew Piper is Professor and William Dawson Scholar in the Department of Languages, Literatures, and Cultures at McGill University. His work focuses on the relationship between the history of technology and reading. He is the author most recently of Enumerations: Data and Literary Study (2018).
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