A Companion to Digital Humanities / Edition 1

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Overview

A Companion to Digital Humanities provides a complete yet concise overview of this emerging discipline. The volume contains 37 original articles written by leaders in the field, addressing the central concerns of those interested in the subject. The articles are grouped into topical sections focusing on: the experience of particular disciplines in applying computational methods to humanities research problems; the basic principles of humanities computing across applications and disciplines; specific applications and methods; and production, dissemination, and archiving.

The Companion is accompanied by a website that will evolve with its readership, featuring useful supplementary materials, standard readings that are publicly available, essays to be included in future editions, and other materials - visit www.ach.org/companion.

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Editorial Reviews

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"A Companion to Digital Humanities stands on its own as a post-Revolution snapshot. It shows what happened immediately after computing became both practical, necessary and omnipresent in the Humanities.... Let there be another volume like this to document the next five years." (Classical Journal Online, May 2009)

“Offers the best general introduction to this amorphous field.” (Literary Research Guide)

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Meet the Author

Susan Schreibman is Assistant Director of Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities at the University of Maryland, a faculty member of the University of Maryland Libraries, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of English. Her recent publications include Computer-Mediated Discourse: Reception Theory and Versioning and ongoing work on the Thomas MacGreevy Archive.

Ray Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Associate Professor of English at the University of Victoria. Formerly he was Professor of English at Malaspina University-College and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London. Founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, he is also editor of several Renaissance texts and coeditor of several collections on humanities computing topics.

John Unsworth is Dean of the Graduate School of Library and Information Science at the University of Illinois, Urbana-Champaign. He is founding coeditor of Postmodern Culture, an e-journal, and founding Director of the University of Virginia’s Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities.

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Table of Contents

Foreword : perspectives on the digital humanities
The digital humanities and humanities computing : an introduction
1 The history of humanities computing 3
2 Computing for archaeologists 20
3 Art history 31
4 Classics and the computer : an end of the history 46
5 Computing and the historical imagination 56
6 Lexicography 69
7 Linguistics meets exact sciences 79
8 Literary studies 88
9 Music 97
10 Multimedia 108
11 Performing arts 121
12 "Revolution? : what revolution?" : successes and limits of computing technologies in philosophy and religion 132
13 How the computer works 145
14 Classification and its structures 161
15 Databases 177
16 Marking texts of many dimensions 198
17 Text encoding 218
18 Electronic texts : audiences and purposes 240
19 Modeling : a study in words and meanings 254
20 Stylistic analysis and authorship studies 273
21 Preparation and analysis of linguistic corpora 289
22 Electronic scholarly editing 306
23 Textual analysis 323
24 Thematic research collections 348
25 Print scholarship and digital resources 366
26 Digital media and the analysis of film 383
27 Cognitive stylistics and the literary imagination 397
28 Multivariant narratives 415
29 Speculative computing : aesthetic provocations in humanities computing 431
30 Robotic poetics 448
31 Designing sustainable projects and publications 471
32 Conversion of primary sources 488
33 Text tools 505
34 "So the colors cover the wires" : interface, aesthetics, and usability 523
35 Intermediation and its malcontents : validating professionalism in the age of raw dissemination 543
36 The past, present, and future of digital libraries 557
37 Preservation 576
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