Seth Long

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I am a graduate student at Syracuse University, pursuing degrees in composition/rhetoric (PhD) and linguistics (MA).

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Various interests include the influence of technology on writing practices historically and presently, the history of rhetoric, corpus linguistics and natural language processing, persuasion and tropes in science, big data and data visualization (and the rhetoric thereof).

I am also a devotee of Franco Moretti's "distant reading" methods. My current project involves a distant reading of classical rhetoric's fourth canon (memory) as its theoreticians and practitioners have been shaped across two thousand years by the pressures of geopolitics, religion, demography, and technology. Hopefully one outcome of this project will be a topic model of how memory has been disparately discussed in the 20th century by English Studies' three factions: literature, communication, and rhetoric.

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