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January 11, 2012
This is a Blog Post about the Digital Humanities
A response to Stanley Fish, Kathleen Fitzpatrick, and others
For the first time in five years, I attended the Modern Language Association (MLA) conference. This is the main conference for scholars of language and literature, with about 8,000 attendees at this year's event in Seattle. Among the big things going down this year: the ongoing clash of cultures between ...
August 25, 2011
Beyond the Elbow-Patched Playground
Part 2: The Digital Humanities
This is the second part of a two-part essay about the humanities. Part 1 discusses some current ideas about the role of the humanities in the university and the world. Part 2 addresses the trend of the "digital humanities" in light of these observations. -ib If we accept the premise ...
August 23, 2011
Beyond the Elbow-Patched Playground
Part 1: The Humanities in Public
This is the first part of a two-part essay about the humanities. Part 1 discusses some current ideas about the role of the humanities in the university and the world. Part 2 addresses the trend of the "digital humanities" in light of these observations. -ib Recently, Stanford comparative literature professor ...
July 24, 2011
A Sorrow Blind to Itself
On Bad Writing and Isolationism in the Humanities
In Friday's New York Times, the novelist and essayist Geoff Dyer wrote a scathing indictment of academic writing. An Academic Author's Unintentional Masterpiece takes aim at the well-known art historian Michael Fried, but it could easily have been written about almost any scholar in the humanities, veteran or novice, successful ...