(with Richard Jean So) Modeling Racial Segregation in the US Literary Field, 1880-1990

Hoyt Long
University of Chicago

In this talk, So and Long explore dynamics of segregation and inequality in the US literary field between white and black writers. Drawing from both canonical minority discourse studies (Gates, Baker, Spillers) and quantitative models focused on inequality (Schelling), we both model the dialogism of different forms of racial discourse that inhere in the US novel, as well as how they compile to produce broader effects of racial interaction in the 20th century American literary field. How do such large scale dynamics constrain the types of expression available within and between different racial groups of writers and artists? Joint work by Richard Jean So & Hoyt Long (Chicago Text Lab)

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