Women Better Represented in Victorian Novels Than Modern Ones: Critical Linking, February 20

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Academics from the universities of Illinois and California at Berkeley used an algorithm to examine 104,000 works of fiction dating from 1780 to 2007, drawn mostly from HathiTrust Digital Library. The algorithm identified both author and character genders. The academics expected to see an increase in the prominence of female characters in literature across the two centuries. Instead, “from the 19th century through the early 1960s we see a story of steady decline,” write Ted Underwood, David Bamman and Sabrina Lee in their paper The Transformation of Gender in English-Language Fiction, which has just been published in the Journal of Cultural Analytics.

God, how depressing.


Joe Hill is taking his talents to vinyl.

The best-selling author’s next project is kicking off an exciting new series, EW can exclusively announce. Hill’s new short story is called Dark Carousel, a “vinyl-first” audiobook being published by HarperAudio on April 20; it’s narrated by actor Nate Corddry (Mom) and features a cover of The Rolling Stones’ “Wild Horses,” recorded expressly for the record by musician Matthew Ryan. The Dark Carousel vinyl package includes original artwork, two colorful “splattered” records, and a full-length download of the audiobook.

Huh!


Disney-Marvel’s “Black Panther” is heading for a stunning $235 million debut over the four-day President’s Day weekend at 4,020 North American locations, estimates showed Monday.

“Black Panther,” starring Chadwick Boseman and directed by Ryan Coogler, has blown away its original tracking in less than a month. The film, which carries an estimated $200 million production cost, had been tracking to bring in between an impressive $100 and $120 million when first estimates emerged on Jan. 25.

This is so exciting.

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