I’ve had a couple of requests for the texts for ENGL 4709/5709: Digital Humanities this fall. For some reason, the bookstore wanted text selections in mid-June. Not sure why. They can order texts and get them here within a month. And while I would like to accommodate the bookstore – because that’s what good customers do: accommodate the vendor – I won’t have a final list until late July because a) I’m conscientious and b) I’m not a hack. And just so we all know that I am conscientious and not a hack, here is my current reading list for the course.
This isn’t the final reading list – so don’t panic. It’s my reading list for the course – the stuff I’ve been working with since May. The final section of the list comes closest to what we’ll be reading for class. Might be one or two more, or less.
Back in The Day, I used to get an overview of what I’ve read, of what I still needed to read, and how the texts would gather by sorting physical books and xeroxes into groups and piles. As more and more of the texts become digital, I have to act more and more like a library, creating tokens to represent the texts and then arranging the tokens. The token on the list becomes separated from the text, which might be stored in a number of places: bookshelf, Pinboard, local pdf files. Here’s the current arrangement.
Summer Reading List for DH
A Starting Point
- Walter Benjamin. The arcades project
- Walter Benjamin. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction. pdf
- Buck-Morss. The dialectics of seeing: Walter Benjamin and the Arcades Project
- Marjorie Perloff. Unoriginal Genius: Poetry by Other Means in the New Century
- N. Katherine Hayles. Writing machines.
- N. Katherine Hayles. Electronic literature: new horizons for the literary
- LP Glazier. Digital poetics: The making of e-poetries
- M Amerika. Remixthebook.
- Jerome McGann. Radiant textuality: Literature after the world wide web.
- Jonathan Safran Foer. Tree of Codes
- M K Gold. Debates in the Digital Humanities. Selected chapters.
- D M Berry. Understanding Digital Humanities.
- Bartscherer and Coover. Switching codes: Thinking through digital technology in the humanities and the arts. Selected chapters.
- N Wardrip-Fruin and Montfort. New Media Reader. Selected readings
- N Gane and D Beer. New media: The key concepts.
Writing and Rhetoric
- Delagrange. Technologies of wonder:(re) mediating rhetorical practice.
- Lanham. Economy of Attention esp, chap 3: What’s Next for Text?
- Knobel and Lankshear. DIY media: creating, sharing and learning with new technologies. Selected chapters.
- Drucker. The Virtual Codex from Space to E-Space, in Siemans and Schreibman, eds, A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
- Martin Weller. The Digital Scholar. Selected chapters.
- This section looks a little shy but there are a lot of readings on digital scholarship in the collections – and three of the texts in the final list address digital scholarship.
- E Pariser. The filter bubble: What the Internet is hiding from you
- J Lanier. You are not a gadget: A manifesto.
- D Rushkoff. Program or be programmed: Ten commands for a digital age
Tentative final list
- The Digital Humanities Manifesto. pdf
- Clay Shirky. Cognitive surplus: Creativity and generosity in a connected age.
- C Vandendorpe. From papyrus to hypertext: toward the universal digital library
- Kenneth Goldsmith. aka Kenny G. Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age
- K Fitzpatrick. Planned obsolescence: Publishing, technology, and the future of the academy
- M O’Gorman. E-Crit: digital media, critical theory and the humanities.
The current reading list is on the DH site.