About The Sea of Books

The Sea of Books is the blog for the UCD Humanities Institute’s Nation, Genre and Gender project, which uses social network analysis to look under the bonnet of a corpus of 19th and early 20th century novels from Ireland and Britain.

For a complete list of novels analysed by the project to date, please see our Collection page.

The Sea of Books blog is where members of the team post progress updates, announce upcoming events and publications, and talk about any aspects of the novels that takes our fancy.

As of July 2016, our official website is now up and running!  Please feel free to drop by and look around!  There you’ll find information about how the project works, case studies showcasing our research on three of the project’s featured novels (Pride and Prejudice, Phineas Finn, and A Portrait of the Artist as a Young Man), and sample data for these novels.  And here’s an introduction to the project team!

Curious about the blog’s title?  You can find the explanation here.

Want to know more about the images we’ve used on the blog?  Here’s a post about our main source of pictures, the British Library Labs images collection.

The Nation, Genre and Gender Project is supported by the Irish Research Council and Science Foundation Ireland.

All content on this website is licensed under a a Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial 4.0 International License.

northanger persuasion - find what she looked for
Pictured: a woman eagerly awaiting the invention of search engines.  (From the 1897 edition of Jane Austen’s Northanger Abbey and Persuasion, illustrated by the wonderful Hugh Thomson.)



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