Monday, January 30, 2017

Reading List Pt. 1

Over the course of my online searches, several writers have made reference to two texts which I believe will serve as excellent anchor texts throughout this semester. The first text is Blackwell's A Companion to Digital Humanities, compiled by editors Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth. The second text is Blackwell's A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, compiled by editors Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens.

A Companion to Digital Humanities seems to be hailed as a backbone to the field and is available online. From what I have read, it seems to be an excellent resource. The following chapters included information that I found to be informative as an introduction to DH, and ways in which it can be applied to the field of literature.
"The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction" by Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, and John Unsworth
"Literary Studies" by Thomas Rommel  
"Databases" by Stephen Ramsay
 "Marking Texts of Many Dimensions" by Jerome McGann
"Text Encoding" by Allan H. Renear 
 "Electronic Texts: Audiences and Purposes" by Perry Willett
"Modeling: A Study in Words and Meanings" by Willard McCarty 
"Stylistic Analysis and Authorship Studies" by Hugh Craig
 "Preparation and Analysis of the Linguistic Corpora" by Nancy Ide
"Electronic Scholarly Editing" by Martha Nell Smith *possible inclusion 
 "Textual Analysis" by John Burrows
"Print Scholarship and Digital Resources" by Claire Warwick
There is quite a bit of exciting information to be mined from the aforementioned chapters, and I'm excited to go through them with a fine toothed comb!

The second text that I mentioned above, A Companion to Digital Literary Studies, seems to be a even better fit for the meeting point of my interests of literature and DH, although I will delve further into this book in a later post. I will likely use this source to draw ties between the two fields.

In addition to these two books, I have found the additional articles:

"What Is Digital Humanities and What's It Doing In English Departments?" by Matthew G. Kirschenbaum
"An Introduction to Humanities Data Curation" by Julia Flanders and Trevor Muñoz

The next installment of my reading list will likely include chapters and articles about data curation, as that is the next part of DH that I am going attempt to conqueror. I'm excited to learn the tools of the trade!

Friday, January 27, 2017


Welcome to the Spring 2017 semester! For the next several months, I will be exploring the field of the Digital Humanities (DH), and will be posting my findings here, in the form of blog posts and reading lists. This is an independent study that I am pursuing under the advisement of Dr. Maria Zamora, and am calling "Into to the Digital Humanities."

My intention for the next two weeks of the semester is to compile a reading list, introducing myself, and others, to the Digital Humanities. This is truly going to be a step-by-step walkthrough, because this area of study is completely new to me, but I'm excited to learn more about this up-and-coming field. The articles and links that I share will contain information I have found to be particularly helpful in explaining introductory DH concepts, the history behind DH, key methodologies, and how it will impact the modern English classroom.

As the semester progresses, I will read the articles that I've compiled, and summarize and respond to them here in weekly posts. Toward the end of the semester, I will present some of my findings to my classmates in the English and Writing Studies program. My goal for the end of the semester is to compile a lit review, giving myself and others a comprehensive look into the field. 

If you'd like to read a bit more on my interests and reasons for doing this independent study, you can check out the About page on my blog. Stay tuned for updates!