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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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Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon

Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon

(p.309) Chapter 18 Can Information Be Unfettered? Race and the New Digital Humanities Canon
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Amy E. Earhart

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter examines the current position of race and digital humanities work. It focuses on the digital work being produced by those associated with academia and those with strong connections to traditional humanities fields including history, literature, classics, art history, and archeology, among others. It argues that digital humanists need to examine the canon that they are constructing, a canon that skews toward traditional texts and excludes crucial work by women, people of color, and the GLBTQ community. They need to reinvigorate the spirit of previous scholars who believed that textual recovery was crucial to their work, who saw the digital as a way to enact changes in the canon.

Keywords:   digital humanities, digital texts, race, digital tools, canon

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