Wheaton College Norton, Massachusetts


Dissemination and Grants


  • NEH logoLeBlanc, M.D. (PI), Drout, M., and Kleinman, S. (May 2015 - October 2016). National Endowment for the Humanities – NEH (Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant) -- Easing Entry and Improving Access to Computer-Assisted Text Analysis for the Humanities.
  • Drout, M. (PI), Kahn, M., and LeBlanc, M.D. (July 2011 - June 2013). National Endowment for the Humanities – NEH PR-50112011 -- Lexomic Tools and Methods for Textual Analysis: Providing Deep Access to Digitized Texts.
  • LeBlanc, M. (PI), Drout, M. and Kahn, M. (July 2008 - June 2010). National Endowment for the Humanities NEH HD-50300-08 (Digital Humanities Start-Up Grant) -- Pattern Recognition through Computational Stylistics: Old English and Beyond.

Recent Talks and Workshops

  • LeBlanc, M.D. (September 2015). "Exploring Digitized Texts: the Digital Humanities as Makers." Presented at Denison University, Granville, OH.
  • LeBlanc, M.D. and Drout, M.D.C. (June 2015). "DNA and 普通話(Mandarin): Bringing introductory programming to the Life Sciences and Digital Humanities", International Conference on Computational Science , Reykjavik, Iceland, June 1-3, 2015.
  • Kleinman, S. (2014). Text analysis with Lexos. Workshop presentation at THATCamp DHSoCal 2014, Sept. 2, 2014.
  • Delfino, D. '14, Jensen, B. '15, Li, M. '14, Morneau, J. '16, and Neal, R. '14 (2014). Lexos: A Text Mining Workflow. Poster presentation at the Northeast region of the Consortium for Computing Sciences in Colleges (CCSCNE 2014), Providence College, Providence, RI, April 25, 2014. This work won 3rd place (out of 51) for best student research.
  • Drout, M.D.C., LeBlanc, M.D., Neal, R. '14, Berger, R. '15, Hitotsubashi, N. '13, Smith, L. '14. (2013). Graduate Workshop: Using Lexomics Tools. Presented at the International Society of Anglo-Saxonists (ISAS 2013), Dublin, Ireland, July 28, 2013.
  • LeBlanc, M.D., Drout, M.D.C., Kahn, M., Herbert, A. '14, Neal, R. '14 (2013). “Lexomics: Integrating the research and teaching spaces.” Presented at and published in proceedings of Digital Humanities 2013, University of Nebraska–Lincoln, July 2013: p274-276.
  • Drout, M.D.C. and LeBlanc, M.D. (2013). “Mule Bone 2.0,” in Session 14.05, the Literary Interventions of the Digital Humanities, 44th Annual NeMLA Convention, March 21-24, 2013, Tufts University, Boston.
  • Christian, S. (collaborator) and La Brie, C. (2013). “Mule Bone 2.0,” in Session 5.08, Make it New: Approach for Teaching the Harlem Renaissance, 44th Annual NeMLA Convention, March 21-24, 2013, Tufts University, Boston.
  • “Sex, Space, and Sanctuary: Translating Freedom in Laȝamon’s Brut and the South English Legendary’s Life of St Mary of Egypt,” Presented at the 51st International Congress on Medieval Studies, Kalamazoo, May 2016

  • “Lexomics Evidence and the Composition of the Early Middle English South English Legendary,” Presented at Digital Britain Conference, Harvard University, Cambridge, MA, March 2016

  • “Digital Humanities Projects with Small and Unusual Data: Some Experiences from the Trenches,” Invited lecture at the UC Irvine Data Sciences and Digital Humanities Symposium, February 2016. The transcript (Here) was selected as an Editor’s Choice by Digital Humanities Now (15 March 2016).
  • “Text Analysis with Lexos,” Workshop on Building and Strengthening Digital Humanities through a Regional Network, San Diego State University, San Diego, October 2015

  • Michael D.C. Drout. “Lexomic Analysis of Beowulf and J.R.R. Tolkien’s Scholarship on the Poem: A Confluence.” Signum University, March 22, 2015.
  • Michael D.C. Drout, Mark D. LeBlanc and Jenni Lund. “Using Research Projects to Promote Information Fluency,” Council of Independent Colleges: Information Fluency in the Disciplines: Workshop on English and American Literature, Louisville, KY. March 10-12, 2016.
  • Michael D.C. Drout. “Two Kinds of Lexomic Evidence and the Composition and Transmission of Beowulf.” Digital Britain: New Approaches to the Early Middle Ages, Harvard University, March 25–26, 2016.
  • Michael D.C. Drout. “...and then the Liberal Arts take over everything: Convergence and the growing power of our intellectual tradition,” Benedictine College, Atchison, KS, March 30, 2016.

Mellon Seminar 


  • Michael D.C. Drout. “Lexomic Approaches: An Introduction,” Johnson C. Smith University (JCSU)’s Faculty Summer Institute for Technology & New Media. Charlotte, NC. June 6-10, 2016.

Presentations for General Audiences 

  • Michael D.C. Drout. “Beowulf,” Intensive 5-Day Seminar, Schooling for Life, Los Angeles, CA. December 28, 2014-January 2, 2015.

  • Michael D.C. Drout. “Linguistics and Lexomics,” Weekend Seminar, Schooling for Life, Los Angeles, CA. May 13-15, 2016.


  • Michael D.C. Drout, Yvette Kisor, Leah Smith, Allison Dennett and Natasha Piirainen (in press, 2016). Lexomic Analysis of Beowulf: Part 1, Cluster Analysis. New York: Palgrave Pivot, 2016.
  • Michael D.C. Drout and Elie Chauvet (2015). Tracking the Moving Ratio of þ to ð in Anglo-Saxon Texts: A New Method, and Evidence for a lost Old English version of the ‘Song of the Three Youths.’ Anglia 133.2: 278-319.
  • Rosetta Berger and Michael D.C. Drout (2015). A Reconsideration of the Relationship Between Víga-Glúms Saga and Reykdœla Saga: New Evidence from Lexomic Analysis. Viking and Medieval Scandinavia, 11, 1-32.
  • LeBlanc, M.D. and Drout, M.D.C. (2015). “DNA and 普通話(Mandarin): Bringing introductory programming to the Life Sciences and Digital Humanities.” Procedia Computer Science - International Conference On Computational Science,
    Volume 51, 1937-1946.
  • Boyd, P., Drout, M.D.C., Hitotsubashi, N., Kahn, M., LeBlanc, M.D. and Smith, L. (2014). “Lexomic Analysis of Anglo-Saxon Prose: Establishing Controls with the Old English Penitential and the Old English translation of Orosius.” Revista de la Sociedad Española de Lengua y Literatura Inglesa Medieval (SELIM) 19, 7-58.
  • Drout, M.D.C., Hitotsubashi, N. and Scavera, R. (2014). “Tolkien’s Creation of the Impression of Depth.” Tolkien Studies 11, 167-210.
  • Downey, S., Drout, M.D.C., Kerekes, V., and Raffle, D. (2014). “Lexomic Analysis of Medieval Latin Texts,” Journal of Medieval Latin 24, 225-74.
  • Drout, M.D.C. (2013). Tradition and Influence in Anglo-Saxon Literature: An Evolutionary, Cognitivist Approach (New York: Palgrave, 2013), pages 47-82.
  • Downey, S. (collaborator), Drout, M.D.C., Kahn, M., LeBlanc, M.D., “’Books Tell Us’: Lexomic and Traditional Evidence for the Sources of Guthlac A.” Modern Philology 110 (2012):153-181.
  • Drout, M.D.C., Kahn, M., LeBlanc, M.D., Nelson, C. '11 “Of Dendrogrammatology: Lexomic Methods for Analyzing the Relationships Among Old English Poems,” Journal of English and Germanic Philology, v110(3), July 2011, 301-336.
  • Drout, M.D.C., Kahn, M., LeBlanc, M.D., Jones, A. ‘11, Kathok, N. ‘10, and Nelson, C. ’11. “Lexomics for Anglo-Saxon Literature.” Old English Newsletter, 2010.
  • LeBlanc, M.D., Gousie, M. and Armstrong, T. (March 2010). Connecting Across Campus. Proceedings of the 41st SIGCSE Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Milwaukee, WI.
  • LeBlanc, M.D. Computing for Poets. Presented at SIGCSE 2010 – The Technical Symposium on Computer Science Education, Milwaukee, WI, March 12, 2010.
  • (in progress) Drout, M.D.C., Kahn, M., LeBlanc, M.D. “Untangling Cynewulf with Lexomic Methods.”

---------- Articles Under Review ----------

  • Michael D.C. Drout, Jonathan Gerkin and Scott Kleinman. “Relationships Between and Among St. Erkenwald and the Cotton Nero A.x. Poems: New Evidence from Lexomic Analysis,” Studies in the Age of Chaucer.

  • Scott Kleinman, R. Nichols, K. Nielbo, E. Slingerland, U. Bergeton, and C. Logan. (under review). “Topic Modeling Ancient Chinese Texts: Knowledge Discovery in Databases for Humanists.” Journal of Asian Studies.


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