According to Kirschenbaum, what is/are the Digital Humanities?
- public form of scholarship that promotes collaboration [social undertaking (5)]
- but also more personal and anonymous: social media encourages group participation as well as individual contributions.
- a “network topology” (structure as opposed to a hierarchy)
- research, teaching, and invention: intersection of computing and humanities.
- Wikipedia! (has no limitations)
- “term that has evolved into collaborative movement”
methodological outlook (4)
What’s DH doing in English Department?
- about text
- association between computers and composition
- convergence editorial theory and electronic editions
- hypertext and electronic literature
- cultural studies
- e-reading and text digitization
What’s DH doing in a theory class?
“DH is more akin to a common methodological outlook than an investment in any one specific set of texts or even technologies.” (4)
Macroanalysis: how does Jockers describe the pros and cons of the macroanalytic approach?
|· Means of examining outside forces affecting writers
· Challenging commonsense ideas
· Can comprehend broad generalities (like genres)
· Can explore reactions against literary and cultural trends
· Can better question the canon
· Does gender, ethnicity, and nationality play an impact.
· Things we literally can’t see otherwise.
|· Not everything is digitized
· Have to maintain interpretive insights at individual level
· Macro: finding info, but still need imagination of scholar to make insights
· Danger of quantification as being ends in itself. (alternative methodology)
· Problematic to make generalizations about texts based on general sense of whole.
· Doesn’t bring any new knowledge.