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Humanist Archives: April 5, 2019, 7:44 a.m. Humanist 32.596 - pro & con...

                  Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 32, No. 596.
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        Date: 2019-04-05 00:55:54+00:00
        From: Henry Schaffer 
        Subject: DH - pro/con

The Chronicle of Higher Education has some interesting perspectives on DH.
Here are two opposing views - first the Editors Intro:
In the last six months, a new front has opened in the often fiery
disciplinary disputes over the role of quantitative methods in the
humanities. The University of Chicago Press published two major new works
of computational literary scholarship, Andrew Piper's *Enumerations: Data
and Literary Study* and Ted Underwood's *Distant Horizons: Digital Evidence
and Literary Change.* And this month Nan Z. Da harshly criticized what she
called "computational literary studies" in the pages of *Critical Inquiry*.
This week *The Chronicle Review* is featuring essays by Underwood and Da,
arguing from either side of the conflict. We're also resurfacing some
previous salvos in this war from our archive. -- The Editors

Now for the two articles:
Dear Humanists: Fear Not the Digital Revolution
Advances in computing will benefit traditional scholarship -- not compete
with it By Ted Underwood

The Digital Humanities Debacle
Computational methods repeatedly come up short.  By Nan Z. Da

Some articles in the Chronicle are labelled "Premium" and behind a paywall.
But often higher ed libraries have a subscription which enables access from
either the library or the campus.

I've barely started reading the two articles, so I may comment on the
content later.

--henry schaffer

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