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!

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