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Debates in the Digital Humanities$
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Matthew K. Gold

Print publication date: 2012

Print ISBN-13: 9780816677948

Published to Minnesota Scholarship Online: August 2015

DOI: 10.5749/minnesota/9780816677948.001.0001

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What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?

What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?

(p.3) Chapter 1 What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Matthew Kirschenbaum

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter sets out a definition of “digital humanities”, also known as “humanities computing.” Digital humanities can be defined as a field of study, research, teaching, and invention concerned with the intersection of computing and the disciplines of the humanities. At its core, digital humanities is more akin to a common methodological outlook than an investment in any one specific set of texts or even technologies. Yet it is also a social undertaking. It harbors networks of people who have been working together, sharing research, arguing, competing, and collaborating for many years. The chapter also traces how digital humanities went from being a term of convenience into something of a movement and presents reasons why digital humanities is associated with English departments.

Keywords:   digital humanities, humanities computing, English departments

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