Let me know here if you have large data mining skills and/or interested.
Consider joining the Rust Belt Literature discussion group at the Modern Languages Association Online web page. I also discuss these issue there and sometimes post different files than at ResearchGate.
This is a call for people who may be interested in “data mining’ novels in English from late 19th through 20th C. through a lens of solid waste management to set up a project
A similar project re-read novels such as Moby Dick through the lens of fuel consumption. Our literary analysis will focus on the question of “who dumps upon whom” and “what effect upon subjectivities is shown in distance from processing of waste matter.”
We can use a corpora of texts for this analysis. We can set up Kenneth Burkean word clusters around the motif of trash.
The issue of solid and liquid waste management (materials science) also shows a light on social class stratification from a perspective of resource usage. The scientist-novelist C. P. Snow said that the separated two cultures of science and the humanities, their faulty communication and marred relationships were a major cause of global problems not being solved.