Romance Languages and Literatures

Textual Optics Lab

ARTFL (The Project for American and French Research on the Treasury of the French Language), a collaboration between the French government and the University of Chicago, has recently worked with colleagues in other departments across campus, and received a three-year grant from the Neubauer Family Collegium for Culture and Society for its Textual Optics Lab. The Textual Optics Lab will be headed by Robert Morrissey (RLL), Hoyt Long (East Asian Languages and Civliations), Haun Saussy (Comparative Literature), Richard Jean So (English), and James Sparrow (History). The project is a response to the changing face of literary and textual scholarship in the digital age, as the rise of digital humanities has promised new methods of exploring literature. The project centers on concepts and practices that are forming surrounding scalable reading methods, many of which are drawn from the sciences. The goal of the team's ongoing work is to build a uniquely UChicago style of data-driven humanistic research.