About

The Stanford Literary Lab is a research collective that applies computational criticism, in all its forms, to the study of literature. The Lab is open to students and faculty at Stanford, and, on a more ad hoc basis, to those from other institutions.

Our projects range from dissertation chapters to individual and group publications, lectures, courses, panels, and conferences. Typically, our research takes the form of an “experiment” that extends over a period of one or two years, and is then published in our “Pamphlets” series. Under “Projects” you will find the abstracts of our current activities; under “People”, a list of those associated with our research. And you can download all our published work under the heading of “Pamphlets”.

At the Lab, all research is collaborative, even when the outcome ends up having a single author. We hold frequent group meetings to evaluate the progress of the experiments, the status of existing hypotheses, and the promise (and problems…) of future developments. Most of our meetings are limited to those directly engaged in the research; however, four or five per quarter are open to whomever is interested in our work. If you would like to come, please contact Ryan Heuser; as a rule, visitors are welcome, and hardly a meeting goes by without a handful of Skype connections. Occasionally, we have public presentations of our research, which are announced under “Events.”