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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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The Resistance to Digital Humanities

The Resistance to Digital Humanities

(p.438) Chapter 25 The Resistance to Digital Humanities
Debates in the Digital Humanities

Greetham Greetham

University of Minnesota Press

This chapter considers whether the institutional prejudice against bibliographical and editorial work has been overcome or whether it has been compounded by a newer dismissive attitude, this time toward digital and electronic “publications.” It suggests that there is little sign of the old prejudices against textual study have been lifted, based on the critical dismissal of Ngrams and culturomics, the devaluing of digital-based research, the institutional unwillingness to regard work conducted in an electronic medium as on a par with print, and the fact that the critical hardback monograph remains the gold standard by which scholarly and intellectual achievement is measured in tenure and promotion decisions.

Keywords:   institutional prejudice, electronic publications, digital humanities, bibliography, textual study, editorial work, tenure

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