Rethinking inventories in the digital age: the case of the Old Bailey

Hitchcock, Tim, Turkel, William J and Helmreich, Anne (2014) Rethinking inventories in the digital age: the case of the Old Bailey. Journal of Art Historiography, 11. ISSN 2042-4752

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This article builds on the digitized version of the Old Bailey Proceedings ( by first extracting the indictments from the surrounding text and then subjecting the words they include, and objects they describe, to analysis. This entails working with a corpus of over a million words. At this scale, close reading no longer serves the historian well. It would require far more time than is reasonable or feasible; and a strategy of ‘distant reading’ is adopted here to allow analysis to focus on larger units of text.

Item Type: Article
Keywords: Old Bailey, material culture, London, eighteenth century, crime
Schools and Departments: School of History, Art History and Philosophy > History
Subjects: D History General and Old World > DA History of Great Britain > DA020 England > DA129 By period > DA300 Modern, 1485- > DA505 George III, 1760-1820
N Fine Arts > NX Arts in general > NX0440 History of the arts
Depositing User: Timothy Hitchcock
Date Deposited: 11 Dec 2014 10:31
Last Modified: 03 Jul 2019 01:30

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