Marissa Gemma, Ph.D.

Research Interests

  • style and stylistics 
  • text mining and digital/quantitative literary analysis 
  • nineteenth-century American literature
  • the novel
  • rhetoric

Vita

Academic Education

2012Ph.D., English and American Literature, Stanford University, California
2008M.A., English and American Literature, Stanford University, California
2003B.A., English and Italian Studies, magna cum laude, Honors and Highest Distinction, University of Rochester,  New York

Professional Experience

Since 2014Senior Research Fellow at the Max-Planck Institute for Empirical Aesthetics, Frankfurt am Main, Germany
2013-2014Post-doctoral Research Fellow, Université Paris-Sorbonne, LABEX OBVIL, Paris
2012-2013Associate Director, Hume Writing Center, Stanford University, CA

 

 

 

Publications

Gemma, M. (in press) Towards a Digital Study of the Colloquial Style in Nineteenth-Century American Literature, Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme, Working Papers Series

Algee-Hewitt, M., Allison, S., Gemma, M., Heuser, R., Moretti, F., and Walser, H. (2016). Canon/Archive. Large-scale Dynamics in the Literary Field. In Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab,  (Vol. 11). Accessible at: Stanford - Literary Lab Pamphlet

Gemma, M., Glorieux, F., and Ganascia, J-G. (2015) Operationalizing the Colloquial Style: Repetition in Nineteenth-Century American Fiction. Digital Scholarship in the Humanities. Accessible at: doi:10.1093/llc/fqv066

Coccia, E. (in press) The Good in Things, trans. Marissa Gemma. New York: Fordham University Press.

Allison, S., Gemma, M., Heuser, R., Moretti, F., Tevel, A., & Yamboliev, I. (2013). Style at the Scale of the Sentence. In Pamphlets of the Stanford Literary Lab, (Vol. 5). Accessible at: Stanford - Literary Lab Pamphlet

Awards and Grants

Fellowships and Academic Awards 

2013-2014Fondation Maison des Sciences de l’Homme Fernand Braudel Post-doctoral Fellowship, hosted by the LABEX OBVIL (Université Paris-Sorbonne)
2010-2011Mellon Foundation Dissertation Fellowship
2006-2010Doctoral Fellowship, School of Humanities and Sciences, Stanford University
2005-2006 Gertrude Guggenheim & Robert M. Levinson Fellowship
inducted 2003 Phi Beta Kappa National Honor Society
2003 Joseph O’Connor Prize for Graduate Funding, U. of Rochester

Projects

  • Operationalizing the Colloquial Style in 19th-Century Literature

    The rise of speech-based and colloquial forms in late nineteenth- and early twentieth-century English and American literary prose has long been a critical commonplace; yet no systematic analysis of the hypothesized historical development of these ...

  • Prose Rhythm

    Latin rhetoric considered the artistic treatment of linguistic rhythm as a potent rhetorical feature not only of verse, but also of literary, philosophical and oratorical prose. However, it failed to push the analysis of prose rhythm beyond ...