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Class 2 Notes

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Preliminary Class Business



  • Do you have more questions about the course?
  • Reminder: special assignment for Class 3: Be ready by this date to demonstrate in class that you have a working method of downloading, storing, and annotating online readings in the course. (See suggested methods.)



1. Tutorial on Practicum Assignments


  • The assignment for Class 3: readings and practicum
  • Intro to Practicums  
    • Logging in to Student Work branch of the course site.
    • Introduction to doing the upcoming course "practicum" assignments and leaving results on the Student Work site.
    • Introduction to text encoding (in-class demo by instructor)


2. Text in the Digital Age (1) --
What Is Text Anyway?

Readings for Today:
From Yin Liu, "Ways of Reading..." (last paragraph):

"We are at a propitious time when digital technologies are raising questions, not only among scholars but also in the general public, about what texts are, what forms they may take, and how they are used. In seeking answers to such questions, one of our greatest resources is history, for understanding both how modern text technologies originated and developed, and also why they were developed, and why past tools and devices persisted, changed, or became obsolete.... But the opportunity now exists for the study of past texts to move beyond nostalgia, and for dead people and old books to inform and enrich living readers and their new technologies."





































  • What is Michael Witmore saying in his "Text: A Massively Addressable Object" (2013) [instructor's annotated version]? 
    • "I would argue that a text is a text because it is massively addressable at different levels of scale. Addressable here means that one can query a position within the text at a certain level of abstraction.
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      One hundred years from now, the available computational objects may be related to one another in new ways. I can only imagine what these are: every fourth word in every fourth document....
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      Textuality is massive addressability. This condition of texts is realized in various manifestations, supported by different historical practices of reading and printing. The material affordances of a given medium put constraints on such practices....We cannot, in a Borgesian mood, query all of the possible datasets that will appear in the fullness of time.
  • Example of Folger Library TEI Shakespeare texts: Macbeth

3. Preview of Next Class





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