Scalable Reading

dedicated to DATA: digitally assisted text analysis

...the broad circumference
Hung on his shoulders like the Moon, whose Orb
Through Optic Glass the Tuscan Artist views
At Ev’ning from the top of Fesole,
Or in Valdarno, to descry new Lands,
Rivers or Mountains in her spotty Globe.
(Paradise Lost, 1. 286-91)

Humanities in a Digital Age

Whither TEI? The Next Thirty Years

In the next fifty years the entirety of our inherited archive of cultural works will have to be re-edited within a network of digital storage, access, and dissemination (Jerome McGann, 2001) You have to put the corn where the hogs can get at it (Bill Clinton) Only the paranoid survive (Andrew Grove)   Introduction At...

The Great Digital Migration

The following was first published on an earlier version of this blog in the spring of 2010. It is republished here with light revisions. I spent some time with the papers of a recent conference at Virginia: Online Humanities Scholarship: The Shape of Things to Come. Here are some comments on them, with quotations from...

Against the terms DH or Digital Humanities

As the date for this year’s DH conference approaches, I would like once more to express my  dislike of the terms Digital Humanities and DH. I write this not from the perspective of somebody inside this particular  tent, but as a faculty member in a standard humanities department who has tried (with very varying success)...

August Boeckh, the knowing of the known, and information retrieval

The other day I was rereading Jerry McGann’s 2009 TLS essay on “Our textual history”, and I was struck by a phrase that I had missed on the first reading and had never encountered before: August Böckh’s definition of philology as “die Erkenntnis des Erkannten” or “the (further) knowing of the (already) known.” A little...