Robin Anne Reid
Department of Literature and Languages
Texas A&M University-Commerce
Commerce, TX 75429
THATCampOk 2016 Breakout Session: How to Use TextSTAT and Fan Sites
This proposal is for a TEACH session. NOTE: This will be a 2-part breakout session scheduled back-to-back
This session focuses on how to use a free and simple text analysis program called TextSTAT that I have been using several years on digital humanities projects. I define “digital humanities” as using existing (free) programs to develop my literary and cultural studies scholarship. TextSTAT can be used as a simple way to generate data about rhetorical choices on the word and phrase level for textual analysis. The program generates data on word frequency and combinations of words that can be easily exported to several different formats (Word.doc, Excel, .txt, and CVS) for analysis. Moreover, the program is easy to use (compared to other more complex text analysis programs).
Peter Jackson’s The Hobbit
Participants will download the program to their own laptops and notebooks. The session will be primarily hands-on as we work with a text file (a small corpus) to explore the possibilities.
Information about and instructions for using TextSTAT as well as examples of output based on my current project on the reception of Tauriel can be found here: