“The idea behind this study, clearly stated in its opening page, was, very simply, that network theory could offer a way to quantify plot, thus providing an essential piece that was still missing from computational analyses of literature. Once I started working in earnest, though, I soon realized that the machine-gathering of the data, essential to large-scale quantification, was not yet a realistic possibility. (Others, elsewhere, were already at work on this problem; but I wasn’t aware of it). So, from its very first section, the essay drifted from quantification to the qualitative analysis of plot: the advantage of thinking in terms of space rather than time; its segmentation into regions, instead of episodes; the new, nonanthropomorphic idea of the protagonist; or, even, the “undoing” of narrative structures occasioned by the removal of specific vertices in the network.”
-Franco Moretti, “Network Theory, Plot Analysis”
Overall, I find this quote to demonstrate our transition from digital to humanities. The spatial analysis of literature is different as it focuses on “the qualitative analysis of the plot”, or the look at the connections between all elements in the work to discover how it exists. We have been investigating more technical elements of how a work is conveyed and created but this instead looks into the work’s characters, narrative, and common uses. Therefore, this is a more artistic side of the digital humanities.