Search DH@UVA

Your Portal to the Digital Humanities at the University of Virginia

A Talk and Discussion on the Analysis of Textual Datasets: The Post45 Data Collective and Research on Corporate Publishing

Please join us for a conversation with Dan Sinykin, sponsored by New Literary History and the Scholars' Lab.

Dan Sinykin is an assistant professor of English at Emory University. He will discuss a suite of projects adjacent to his most recent book, Big Fiction: How Conglomeration Changed Book Publishing and American Literaturerevolving around the Post45 Data Collective, a project cofounded with Laura McGrath and co-edited with Melanie Walsh. Their latest publication is a dataset on literary prizes by Claire Grossman, Juliana Spahr, and Stephanie Young, which has proved the foundation for landmark accounts of how nepotism works in literary prizes. Sinykin wrote about the prize dataset and the Post45 Data Collective for LARB in an essay called "Fuck the Poetry Police." With Laura McGrath, he also published a series of articles in collaboration with Public Books, several of which use cultural data to address inequality, Hacking the Culture Industries, including geographic inequality in fiction from The New Yorker and underrepresentation of black writers in The New York Times.

Note: Registration ( is appreciated for all, but if you plan to attend virtually, you must register to receive a Zoom link.


Sponsoring Organization(s):

November 3, 2023 3:00 pm to 4:30 pm

Clemons Library, Rm 407

Event type: Lecture