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The Digital Humanities and Humanities Computing: An Introduction

Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens and John Unsworth

Subject Literature » Literary Theory

DOI: 10.1111/b.9781405103213.2004.00003.x


This collection marks a turning point in the field of digital humanities: for the first time, a wide range of theorists and practitioners, those who have been active in the field for decades, and those recently involved, disciplinary experts, computer scientists, and library and information studies specialists, have been brought together to consider digital humanities as a discipline in its own right, as well as to reflect on how it relates to areas of traditional humanities scholarship. This collection has its origins in the research carried out over the past half a century in textually focused computing in the humanities, as Susan Hockey notes in this volume, found in Father Roberto Busa's adaptation of early computing to textual location, comparison, and counting as part of his work in creating the Index Thomisticus , a concordance to the works of St Thomas Aquinas. Yet even a cursory glance at this Companions table of contents reveals how broadly the field now defines itself. It remains deeply interested in text, but as advances in technology have made it first possible, then trivial to capture, manipulate, and process other media, the field has redefined itself to embrace the full range of multimedia. Especially since the 1990s, with the advent of the World Wide Web, digital humanities has broadened its reach, yet it has remained in touch with the goals that have animated ... log in or subscribe to read full text

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