10 February 2013

-On the suggestion of committee member Paul Hjartarson, I’ve been working through (the always excellent) Alan Liu’s (excellent) 2012 article for Arts and Humanities in Higher Education, “The State of the Digital Humanities: A Report and a Critique.” Liu points to many resources that sound both interesting and useful (that is, generally interesting and useful to my specific project). These resources include:
*Franco Moretti’s 2005 Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History, a search for which lead to a book of responses, Reading graphs, maps, trees: responses to Franco Moretti. For Liu, Moretti’s book is a concise (only 120 pages!) demonstration of Moretti’s distant reading technique. Both requested, just to keep the bookshelf happy.
*The 2007 book Database Aesthetics: Art in the Age of Information Overflow, edited by Victoria Vesna.
*A video of Liu’s talk, “From Reading to Social Computing”.
*Liu’s essay on the lack of cultural criticism in the digital humanities, “Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities” (which happens to also be in Gold’s Debates in the Digital Humanities.

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