Digital History for Literature in Finland (DHL-FI)
The goal of the consortium Digital History for Literature in Finland is to map and analyze 19th century Finnish literature published as books, based on bibliographic metadata in the national bibliography Fennica. The project will examine literature that has been given less attention both quantitatively and qualitatively. This literature has been hidden below the tip of the ”iceberg”; we will map and research what the French researcher Margaret Cohen calls the ”great unread”.
The consortium project consists of three subprojects:
- WP 1: Literary history (University of Eastern Finland, Philosophical Faculty, School of Humanties, Kati Launis (PI), Aino Mäkikalli, Viola Parente-Čapková, Veli-Matti Pynttäri)
- WP 2: Data science (University of Turku, Department of Computing, Consortium PI Leo Lahti)
- WP 3: Digital resources (National Library of Finland, PI Osma Suominen)
The consortium differs from earlier research on Finnish literary history by making use of digital collections and new methods in data science, which enable the use of the collection as a whole. We will write data rich literary history: by combining distant and close reading, we strive to produce new knowledge and approaches towards Finnish literary history. The project will concentrate on the so called ”long 19th century”: literary production during the years 1809-1917, when the Grand Duchy of Finland was an autonomous part of the Russian Empire.