Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 154. Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London Hosted by King's Digital Lab www.dhhumanist.org Submit to: firstname.lastname@example.org Date: 2019-07-25 23:40:28+00:00 From: Federico Pianzola
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 33.151: close and distant Thanks for the reference. Looks like Strathern is adopting a systemic view, which I agree is very useful for those doing distant reading and literary modelling. I can recommend also reading Gregory Bateson. I tried to summarise a few thoughts on the topic here: https://www.researchgate.net/publication/264811468_Looking_at_Narrative_as_a_Com plex_System_The_Proteus_Principle On Thu, 25 Jul 2019 at 14:51, Humanist wrote: > Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 33, No. 151. > Department of Digital Humanities, King's College London > Hosted by King's Digital Lab > www.dhhumanist.org > Submit to: email@example.com > > > > > Date: 2019-07-24 13:23:09+00:00 > From: Willard McCarty > Subject: close and distant > > Those involved with 'distant reading' may take some interest in > anthropologist Marilyn Strathern's fractal reflections on change in > scale, from her Partial Connections (new edn, 2005), Altamira Press, > pp. xv-xvi: > > > Let us recast the problem that scale-change itself seems to create, > > in the switch of perspectives that in creating more also creates > > less. If, in fact, information is lost proportionate to the new scale > > of looking at things, and thus proportionate to new information > > gained, it is apparent that 'the amount' of information has remained > > the same... Or put it this way, similar intellectual operations have > > to be performed on the data whatever the scale - classification, > > composition, analysis, discrimination, and so forth. Regardless of > > the way a change of perspective reveals whole new worlds, the > > 'same' coordinates of intellectual activity are summoned. > > > > Magnitude provides a simple example. If one thing observed close to > > appears as perplexing as many things observed from afar, the > > perplexity itself remains. Each single element that appears to make > > up the plurality of elements seen from a distance on close > > inspection turns out to be composed of a similar plurality that > > demands as comprehensive a treatment.... But the interesting feature > > about switching scale is not that one can forever classify into > > greater or lesser groupings but that at every level complexity > > replicates itself in scale of detail. 'The same' order of information > > is repeated, eliciting equivalently complex conceptualization. While > > we might think that ideas and concepts grow from one another, each > > idea can also seem a complete universe with its own dimensions, as > > corrugated and involute as the last. > > Comments? > > Yours, > WM > > > > -- > Willard McCarty (www.mccarty.org.uk/), > Professor emeritus, Department of Digital Humanities, King's College > London; Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews > (www.tandfonline.com/loi/yisr20) and Humanist (www.dhhumanist.org) -- Marie Skłodowska-Curie Research Fellow -- Department of Human Sciences for Education "R. Massa" University of Milano-Bicocca http://narrativeresearch.federicopianzola.me/ Senior Researcher -- School of Media, Arts and Science Sogang University, Seoul Managing editor of Enthymema International journal of literary criticism, literary theory, and philosophy of literature http://riviste.unimi.it/index.php/enthymema/index _______________________________________________ Unsubscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted List posts to: firstname.lastname@example.org List info and archives at at: http://dhhumanist.org Listmember interface at: http://dhhumanist.org/Restricted/ Subscribe at: http://dhhumanist.org/membership_form.php
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