Scalable Reading is a collaborative blog that brings together four literary critics who are interested in quite different topics and approach them with quite different substantive or methodological assumptions but share the belief that digital texts and tools for their analysis have much to offer to the discipline of Literary Studies.

Martin Mueller will shortly be Professor Emeritus of English and Classics at Northwestern University. His books include a monograph on the Iliad (2009, 2nd ed.) and Children of Oedipus and other essays on the imitation of Greek tragedy, 1550-1800.  He is a co-editor of the Chicago Homer and the general editor of WordHoard.

Stephen Ramsay is Associate Professor of English at the University of Nebraska and a fellow of the Center for Digital Research in the Humanities at that university. He is the author of Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism (2011) an co-author (with Patrick Juola) of the forthcoming Mathematics for the Humanist (Oxford). He keeps a blog of his own at

Ted Underwood is Associate Professor of English at the University of Illinois (UIUC). He is the author of The Work of the Sun: Literature, Science, and Political Economy, 1760-1860, and has published widely on Romantic literature and culture.

Matthew Wilkens is Assistant Professor of English at Notre Dame. He  works on contemporary literary and cultural production with particular emphasis on the development of the novel after World War II.  His recently completed book, Revolution: The Event in Modern Fiction, combines these interests with related theoretical issues including allegory, event, and encyclopedism in the 1950s and ’60s. He also  works extensively with new techniques of computational and quantitative cultural analysis, including literary text mining, geolocation extraction, and network analysis. He keeps a blog of his own at Work Product.