Features of Timelessness: Intermediate Report on a Quest for Stylistic Features that Mark Literary Canonicity

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  1. 1. Joris J. Van Zundert

    Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW)

  2. 2. Raymond A. Mar

    Department of Psychology - York University

  3. 3. Karina van Dalen–Oskam

    Huygens Institute for the History of the Netherlands (Huygens ING) - Royal Netherlands Academy of Arts and Sciences (KNAW), Faculty of Humanities - University of Amsterdam

  4. 4. Emily Temple

    Literary Hub

  5. 5. Isabel Bowman

    Department of Psychology - University of Toronto

  6. 6. Farzaneh Heidari

    Department of Electrical Engineering and Computer Sciences - University of Toronto

  7. 7. Ahn T.P. Nguyen

    Department of Psychology - York University

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We report on our ongoing quest to establish a validated complex of stylistic features that act as markers for literary canonicity, in specific contexts. Currentely we present a stylometric analysis of literature investigating the stylistic markers that differentiate former bestsellers from fiction that remains popular across several decades using a TfIdf vectorization of texts and UMAP dimenision reduction approach. We find that especially a greater variation in sentence length is associated with the chances of a novel to remain popular.

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Conference Info

In review

ADHO - 2020
"carrefours / intersections"

Hosted at Carleton University, Université d'Ottawa (University of Ottawa)

Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

July 20, 2020 - July 25, 2020

475 works by 1078 authors indexed

Conference cancelled due to coronavirus. Online conference held at https://hcommons.org/groups/dh2020/. Data for this conference were initially prepared and cleaned by May Ning.

Conference website: https://dh2020.adho.org/

References: https://dh2020.adho.org/abstracts/

Series: ADHO (15)

Organizers: ADHO