- Title Pages
- Introduction The Digital Humanities Moment
- Chapter 1 What Is Digital Humanities and What’s It Doing in English Departments?
- Chapter 2 The Humanities, Done Digitally
- Chapter 3 “This Is Why We Fight”: Defining the Values of the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 4 Beyond the Big Tent
- The Digital Humanities Situation
- Where’s the Beef? Does Digital Humanities Have to Answer Questions?
- Why Digital Humanities Is “Nice”
- An Interview with Brett Bobley
- Day of DH: Defining the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 5 Developing Things: Notes toward an Epistemology of Building in the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 6 Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship
- Chapter 7 This Digital Humanities Which is not One
- Chapter 8 A Telescope for the Mind?
- Sunset for Ideology, Sunrise for Methodology?
- Has Critical Theory Run Out of Time for Data-Driven Scholarship?
- There Are No Digital Humanities
- Chapter 9 Why Are the Digital Humanities So White? or Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation
- Chapter 10 Hacktivism and the Humanities: Programming Protest in the Era of the Digital University
- Chapter 11 Unseen and Unremarked On: Don DeLillo and the Failure of the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 12 Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 13 The Digital Humanities and its Users
- Digital Humanities Triumphant?
- What Do Girls Dig?
- The Turtlenecked Hairshirt
- Eternal September of the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 14 Canons, Close Reading, and the Evolution of Method
- Chapter 15 Electronic Errata: Digital Publishing, Open Review, and the Futures of Correction
- Chapter 16 The Function of Digital Humanities Centers at the Present Time
- Chapter 17 Time, Labor, and “Alternate Careers” in Digital Humanities Knowledge Work
- Chapter 18 Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon
- The Social Contract of Scholarly Publishing
- Introducing Digital Humanities Now
- Text: A Massively Addressable Object
- The Ancestral Text
- Chapter 19 Digital Humanities and the “Ugly Stepchildren”of American Higher Education
- Chapter 20 Graduate Education and the Ethics of the Digital Humanities
- Chapter 21 Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities? Process and Products in the Small College World
- Chapter 22 Where’s the Pedagogy? The Role of Teaching and Learning in the Digital Humanities
- Visualizing Millions of Words
- What’s Wrong with Writing Essays
- Looking for Whitman: A Grand, Aggregated Experiment
- The Required Reading We Write Ourselves for the Course That Never Ends
- Chapter 23 Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term
- Chapter 24 The Digital Humanities or a Digital Humanism
- Chapter 25 The Resistance to Digital Humanities
- Chapter 26 Beyond Metrics: Community Authorization and Open Peer Review
- Chapter 27 Trending: The Promises and the Challenges of Big Social Data
- Chapter 28 Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions
- Chapter 29 Where Is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?
Digital Humanities Triumphant?
Digital Humanities Triumphant?
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- Debates in the Digital Humanities
- University of Minnesota Press
This chapter argues that the field of digital humanities seems to be developing a cliquish dynamic that threatens to replicate the culture of Big Theory back in the 1980s and 1990s, which alienated so many people. The digital humanities seem more exclusive than ever before, with its identifiable stars who know they are stars, and senior figures in the field, like Alan Liu, who seem like gods. While this type of success is well earned for a community that has long regarded itself as facing uncomprehending resistance, the tendency to become like Big Theory may change the attractive ethics of the field, which has been described as “community, collaboration, and goodwill.” The growing tendency of the digital humanities to become an elite community—always pursuing the cutting edge—may leave most of us behind, struggling to catch up with limited support.
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