reading list? archives? e-folklore? (159)

Thu, 2 Mar 89 20:11:18 EST

Humanist Mailing List, Vol. 2, No. 669. Thursday, 2 Mar 1989.

(1) Date: Wed, 1 Mar 89 20:55:14 PST (43 lines)
Subject: reading lists? (30)

(2) Date: Wednesday, 1 March 1989 2332-EST (44 lines)
Subject: Request for Lists of "Archives"

(3) Date: Thu, 2 Mar 89 11:42 PST (47 lines)
From: Sterling Bjorndahl - Claremont Graduate School
Subject: electronic folklore?

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Date: Wed, 1 Mar 89 20:55:14 PST
Subject: reading lists? (30)

Like Beth Jones, I am looking for a reading list; this is for a course
to be given in our Humanities Institute; and essentially I need help
because I have bitten off more than I can chew! The course proposed is
to be called "Dominion over all the earth" with subtitle as yet un-
decided but something like "Anthropocentrism and environmental crisis."
If I give the main part of the tentative course description, and add
that this is a thirteen-week course, the problem should become clear.
"The course has two principal aims: an understanding of the way in which
human beings have, through history, thought about the natural world and
their relation to it; and an understanding of the present geo-political
context in which major environmental decisions are made......In the
historical part of the course we shall look at Western thought, beginning
with Plato, biblical understanding, drawing upon both the Hebrew and the
Christian Scriptures; the seventeenth century debate on the relationship
between humans and the creatures; and literary expression, principally
but not exclusively drawing upon literature in English, for example
Milton, Vaughan, Traherne, Blake, Wordsworth and Coleridge....After the
historical survey we shall examine current scientific understanding
and current political action and inaction." At the present stage
of planning (bewilderment) I envisage each student writing two papers,
one of which will be concerned with twentieth century issues. It
seems clear that the list of recommended works, and works available
on library reserve, should be long, while the list of compulsory
readings should be comparatively short. So far I have got to
the Timaeus and the Bible as set texts; am wondering about St. Francis;
wondering about how to make an anthology of the relevant passages from
the poets mentioned without violating copyright (a lot of local paranoia
about that). Of course I know of, without yet having read, a fair amount
of the relevant secondary work; but I shall be grateful to anyone who
would like to imagine what can reasonably be done in thirteen weeks, and
who has ideas about what are the indispensable primary texts. Porphyry
on abstaining from animal food; Bacon (and if so which bits?);
I shall run on no longer but just repeat that I shall be grateful to
hear from any interested person. If Stephen Clark is listening,
he partly got me into this; but mostly it was Henry Vaughan, and
while he can still be helpful, he's not in a position to make the
suggestions I need. Alan Rudrum, English Department, Simon Fraser
University, Burnaby, B.C. Canada V5A 1S6 (useranth@sfu.bitnet).
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Date: Wednesday, 1 March 1989 2332-EST
Subject: Request for Lists of "Archives"

In gearing up for the Panel on "Archives" that I have agreed
to organize for the forthcoming ACH-ALLC meetings in Toronto,
it occurred to me that it would be very useful to have an
uptodate and relatively comprehensive list of active "Archives"
that could even be distributed at the meetings. So I have
consulted with some of the more obvious HUMANIST savants on
such matters, and have worked through my own materials here,
with the result that I am ready to ask for HELP more widely!

Does anyone out there have a list of centers, institutes, projects,
etc., that qualify as "archives" in the rather loose sense of
selfconscious repositories of significant and (at least potentially)
accessible humanistic materials? I know that's a very vague
definition, but my first aim is to locate those persons/places
that CONSIDER THEMSELVES to have archival materials. Down the
road a bit I will worry more about the less selfconscious

My suspicion is that noone out there will offer a ready made
master list, in which case I will follow up on this request by
listing the "Archive"-type names I already have in hand as a
catalyst to enlarging and/or making the list more accurate.
Counting the various levels of archival activity (e.g. general
collections such as Oxford, focused but wide ranging collections
such as ARTFL or TLG or OED, specific text-oriented projects
such as on Blake or Faulkner, social science type data of
relevance for humanists, etc.), I already have a list of more
than 70 such archival endeavors, but in many instances my
listings constitute little more than a name, with almost no detail.
For example, does anyone have even some general information on
the Armamagnaean Institute at Copenhagen, or on Stofnun Arna
Magnussonar in Reykjavik, or on "ATR" in Japan -- information
pertinent to a discussion of "Archives," that is?

Any help will be appreciated. Next installment will give you a
chance to correct, expand, etc., the lists that I plan to
produce (in cooperation with Lou Burnard at Oxford, Mike Neuman
at Georgetown, Marianne Gaunt at Rutgers, among others).

Bob Kraft (CCAT)
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Date: Thu, 2 Mar 89 11:42 PST
From: Sterling Bjorndahl - Claremont Graduate School
Subject: electronic folklore?

[Passed on from another list.]


My name is Mark Dawson. I am a student of
Folklore and a computer consultant at Indiana
University. I am currently working on a
folklore project collecting computer folklore.
I am sending this letter to several listservers
to request contributions on the subject.

What is computer folklore? I leave this to
you decide. Some subjects I am interested in

Hacking (feats and/or tech.)
Phone Preaking (feats and/or tech.)
The "Electronic Tribunal"
Electronic executions

These are just my particular interests, I
am taking a "shotgun" approach to the subject.
If you have any sort of computer story please
send it on, whether you think it is folklore or
not. It is not important if the information is
first hand, second hand or 12th hand. Nor is it
important -whether you may think the material
is true or not . Myth and legend has reached
the computer age, and has been going strong
for 20 years.

All contributions are greatly appreciated.

Please send information to:
Mark Dawson bitnet: DAWSONM@IUBACS
ACCESS MicroCenter
IMU 059b
Indiana University 1(812)335-0910
Bloomington, In 47405

Please Feel free to forward this on to other list servers.

M. Dawson