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Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities Kindle Edition
The image of the scholar as a solitary thinker dates back at least to Descartes' Discourse on Method. But scholarly practices in the humanities are changing as older forms of communal inquiry are combined with modern research methods enabled by the Internet, accessible computing, data availability, and new media. Hermeneutica introduces text analysis using computer-assisted interpretive practices. It offers theoretical chapters about text analysis, presents a set of analytical tools (called Voyant) that instantiate the theory, and provides example essays that illustrate the use of these tools. Voyant allows users to integrate interpretation into texts by creating hermeneutica—small embeddable “toys” that can be woven into essays published online or into such online writing environments as blogs or wikis. The book's companion website, Hermeneuti.ca, offers the example essays with both text and embedded interactive panels. The panels show results and allow readers to experiment with the toys themselves.
The use of these analytical tools results in a hybrid essay: an interpretive work embedded with hermeneutical toys that can be explored for technique. The hermeneutica draw on and develop such common interactive analytics as word clouds and complex data journalism interactives. Embedded in scholarly texts, they create a more engaging argument. Moving between tool and text becomes another thread in a dynamic dialogue.
About the Author
Stéfan Sinclair is Associate Professor of Digital Humanities at McGill University and coauthor of Visual Interface Design for Digital Cultural Heritage. --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
A technological revolution, in its historical context, brings old things around again but makes them new. Obsessed by the never-before-possible, focused on results, we may miss changes in practice far more important than either. Hermeneutica, from the hands of two Canadian pioneers 'weaving together of hermeneutical things,' pays attention, gives examples, and provides tools for participating in our renewal of scholarship.―Willard McCarty, FRAI, Professor, King's College London and Western Sydney University --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.
- ASIN : B08BT1H2JZ
- Publisher : The MIT Press (April 1, 2016)
- Publication date : April 1, 2016
- Language : English
- File size : 5442 KB
- Text-to-Speech : Enabled
- Screen Reader : Supported
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- Print length : 375 pages
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I highly recommend Hermeneutica for those who want to recall the past, how we did it then, or for those who prefer to look to the future. Humanistic departments such as languages often have a course on how to use the library for research and for following accepted research practices such as the format of footnotes and bibliographies. I suspect that such departments in the future will have courses on how to use a computer for analyzing texts, inspiring new ideas, tracking character development, and so forth. When that day comes, Hermeneutica will be one of the forces that made it possible. There is no current book on this subject that compares to Hermeneutica.