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dc.contributor.authorPianzola, F-
dc.contributor.authorAcerbi, A-
dc.contributor.authorRebora, S-
dc.identifier.citationProceedings of the Workshop on Computational Humanities Research, 2020, pp. 2 - 11 (9)en_US
dc.description.abstractWe analyse stories in Harry Potter fan fiction published on Archive of Our Own (AO3),using concepts from cultural evolution. In particular, we focus on cumulative cultural evolution, that is, the idea that cultural systems improve with time, drawing on previous innovations. In this study we examine two features of cumulative culture: accumulation and improvement. First, we show that stories in Harry Potter’s fan fiction accumulate cultural traits—unique tags, in our analysis—through time, both globally and at the level of single stories. Second, more recent stories are also liked more by readers than earlier stories. Our research illustrates the potential of the combination of cultural evolution theory and digital literary studies, and it paves the way for the study of the effects of online digital media on cultural cumulation.en_US
dc.format.extent2 - 11 (9)-
dc.publisherCEUR Workshop Proceedingsen_US
dc.sourceComputational Humanities Research 2020-
dc.sourceComputational Humanities Research 2020-
dc.subjectcultural evolutionen_US
dc.subjectcumulative cultureen_US
dc.subjectHarry Potteren_US
dc.subjectdigital literary studiesen_US
dc.subjectfan fictionen_US
dc.titleCultural Accumulation and Improvement in Online Fan Fictionen_US
dc.relation.isPartOfProceedings of the Workshop on Computational Humanities Research-
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