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Class 1 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business


  • Enrollment / Sign-up sheet / auditors (project and short assignments)
  • Books, reader, course log in
  • Course site: http://english236w2010.pbworks.com/


Course Rationale

Disciplinary Rationale: Toward a Next-Generation Digital Humanities


  • Generations of  Humanities Computing/Digital Humanities (some data points):


    1. Roberto Busa, S.J. (and associates), Index Thomisticus (begun in 1946; web edition in 2005 by Eduardo Bernot and Enrique Alarcón)


      Jerome J. McGann, "Literary Scholarship in the Digital Future," The Chronicle Review [Chronicle of Higher Education], 49.16 (13 Dec. 2002): B7


      [Cf. philological and textual-editing traditions descended from the 19th century--e.g., the OED]


    2. JISC, NEH, NSF, SSHRC 2009 "Digging into Data" Challenge Grant Competition [Cf. Cathy Davidson on "Big Humanities"]


      NEH "Humanities High-Performance Computing" Grant Program


      Swansea University "The Computational Turn" Conference, 2010


      UCSD Software Studies Program's "Cultural Analytics" Initiative (Jeremy Douglass, Cultural Analytics demo)  


      • "Distant Reading"
        • Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees (Verso, 2005), pp. 1-4


      • "Deformance" Reading
      • Non-Hermeneutic (Non-Interpretive) Reading
        • Friedrich A. Kittler, Discourse Networks, 1800/1900, trans. Michael Metteer with Chris Cullens (Stanford: Stanford University Press, 1990) (orig. pub. in German in 1985 as Aufscreibesysteme)
        • Friedrich A. Kittler, "There Is No Software," CTheory (Oct. 10, 1995):
          "In principle, this kind of descent from software to hardware, from higher to lower levels of observation, could be continued over more and more decades. All code operations, despite their metaphoric faculties such as "call" or "return", come down to absolutely local string manipulations and that is, I am afraid, to signifiers of voltage differences."


    3.  Next Generation?


      Typical trajectory of current state-of-the-art digital humanities projects:


      • Discovery of data points in literary or other works
      • Storage and manipulation of data points in a relational database
      • Pattern recognition through visualization (or other means)
      • (Re)presentation or remediation in digital form
        • Networked
        • Interactive



Interdisciplinary Rationale



Course Structure and Assignments



















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