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A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

Ray Siemens (Editor), Susan Schreibman (Editor)
ISBN: 978-1-4051-4864-1
640 pages
January 2008, Wiley-Blackwell
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This Companion offers an extensive examination of how new technologies are changing the nature of literary studies, from scholarly editing and literary criticism, to interactive fiction and immersive environments.

  • A complete overview exploring the application of computing in literary studies
  • Includes the seminal writings from the field
  • Focuses on methods and perspectives, new genres, formatting issues, and best practices for digital preservation
  • Explores the new genres of hypertext literature, installations, gaming, and web blogs
  • The Appendix serves as an annotated bibliography
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Notes on Contributors viii

Editors’ Introduction xviii
Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman

Part I Introduction 1

1 Imagining the New Media Encounter 3
Alan Liu

Part II Traditions 27

2 ePhilology: When the Books Talk to Their Readers 29
Gregory Crane, David Bamman, and Alison Jones

3 Disciplinary Impact and Technological Obsolescence in Digital Medieval Studies 65
Daniel Paul O’Donnell

4 ‘‘Knowledge will be multiplied’’: Digital Literary Studies and Early Modern Literature 82
Matthew Steggle

5 Eighteenth-Century Literature in English and Other Languages: Image, Text, and Hypertext 106
Peter Damian-Grint

6 Multimedia and Multitasking: A Survey of Digital Resources for Nineteenth-Century Literary Studies 121
John A. Walsh

7 Hypertext and Avant-texte in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature 139
Dirk Van Hulle

Part III Textualities 161

8 Reading Digital Literature: Surface, Data, Interaction, and Expressive Processing 163
Noah Wardrip-Fruin

9 Is There a Text on This Screen? Reading in an Era of Hypertextuality 183
Bertrand Gervais

10 Reading on Screen: The New Media Sphere 203
Christian Vandendorpe

11 The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-space 216
Johanna Drucker

12 Handholding, Remixing, and the Instant Replay: New Narratives in a Postnarrative World 233
Carolyn Guertin

13 Fictional Worlds in the Digital Age 250
Marie-Laure Ryan

14 Riddle Machines: The History and Nature of Interactive Fiction 267
Nick Montfort

15 Too Dimensional: Literary and Technical Images of Potentiality in the History of Hypertext 283
Belinda Barnet and Darren Tofts

16 Private Public Reading: Readers in Digital Literature Installation 301
Mark Leahy

17 Digital Poetry: A Look at Generative, Visual, and Interconnected Possibilities in its First Four Decades 318
Christopher Funkhouser

18 Digital Literary Studies: Performance and Interaction 336
David Z. Saltz

19 Licensed to Play: Digital Games, Player Modifications, and Authorized Production 349
Andrew Mactavish

20 Blogs and Blogging: Text and Practice 369
Aime´e Morrison

Part IV Methodologies 389

21 Knowing . . . : Modeling in Literary Studies 391
Willard McCarty

22 Digital and Analog Texts 402
John Lavagnino

23 Cybertextuality and Philology 415
Ian Lancashire

24 Electronic Scholarly Editions 434
Kenneth M. Price

25 The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature 451
James Cummings

26 Algorithmic Criticism 477
Stephen Ramsay

27 Writing Machines 492
William Winder

28 Quantitative Analysis and Literary Studies 517
David L. Hoover

29 The Virtual Library 534
G. Sayeed Choudhury and David Seaman

30 Practice and Preservation – Format Issues 547
Marc Bragdon, Alan Burk, Lisa Charlong, and Jason Nugent

31 Character Encoding 564
Christian Wittern

Annotated Overview of Selected Electronic Resources 577
Tanya Clement and Gretchen Gueguen

Index 597

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Ray Siemens is Canada Research Chair in Humanities Computing and Professor of English at the University of Victoria; President of the Society for Digital Humanities; and Visiting Senior Research Fellow at the Centre for Computing in the Humanities at King's College London, and Visiting Research Professor at Sheffield Hallam University. Director of the Digital Humanities Summer Institute and founding editor of the electronic scholarly journal Early Modern Literary Studies, Siemens has authored numerous articles on the interconnection between literary studies and computational methods.

Susan Schreibman is Assistant Dean and Head of Digital Collections and Research, University of Maryland Libraries, University of Maryland College Park, and Affiliate Faculty in the Department of English. She is the founding editor of The Thomas MacGreevy Archive and Irish Resources in the Humanities; has served on the Council of the TEI Consortium; and is currently on the Executive of the Association for Computers in the Humanities. In 1991, Schreibman authored the Collected Poems of Thomas MacGreevy: An Annotated Edition and has published in the areas of Irish poetic modernism, digital editing and textual studies. She co-edited Blackwell's A Companion to Digital Humanities with Ray Siemens and John Unsworth in 2004.
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  • Offers an extensive examination of how new technologies are changing the nature of literary studies

  • The only comprehensive collection of seminal works available to meet the needs of this growing area of inquiry

  • Brings together specially-commissioned articles by leading scholars, theorists, and writers

  • Focuses on methods and perspectives, new genres, formatting issues, and best practices for digital preservation

  • Explores the new genres of hypertext literature, installations, gaming, and web blogs

  • The Appendix serves as an annotated bibliography
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"Once again Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman have produced a remarkable collection of writing about scholarship and resource creation in the area of digital humanities .... The companion provides a very thorough survey of research and resource development in numerous area of digital literary studies, written by an impressive collection of leading scholars." (The Review of English Studies)
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