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Faculty Fellow

Hoyt Long

Associate Professor of Japanese Literature, East Asian Languages and Civilizations University of Chicago


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Hoyt Long's research centers on modern Japan, with specific interests in the history of media and communication, cultural analytics, sociology of literature, book history, and environmental history. Cultural analytics has been a primary area of interest since 2010. Long has written and collaborated on several essays that introduce computational methods such as social network analysis, natural language processing, and machine learning to the study of trans-Pacific literary modernism with a focus on Japan. He recently completed The Values in Numbers: Reading Japanese Literature in a Global Information Age, which extends ongoing debates around computational literary history and the digital humanities to the case of modern Japanese literature.

To learn more about Hoyt Long's research and publications, please visit his profile page at the Department of East Asian Languages and Civilizations.

Featured Project


Re-Staging the Lakeview Japanese American Neighborhood

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Re-Staging the Lakeview Japanese American Neighborhood

A Visiting Fellowship will enable Japanese novelist Yu Miri to develop an archive of oral histories and a theatrical performance based on interviews with local Japanese Americans on their memories of the community that sprung up in Chicago’s Lakeview neighborhood after World War II.

This project will bring Yu Miri, one of Japan’s most distinguished novelists and playwrights, to campus as a Neubauer Collegium Visiting Fellow. During this stay she will work with local faculty to develop an archive of oral history interviews she will conduct with members of the local Japanese...

Textual Optics

Textual Optics

An interdisciplinary group of scholars collaborated in a lab-like environment to formulate a unique, data-driven approach to the reading and interpretation of textual archives, from single words up to millions of volumes.

With the rise of the digital humanities has come the promise of new methods of exploring literary texts on an unprecedented scale. How does our approach to literature and literary history change when the canon expands to include millions of texts—all of them immediately analyzable by...