Humanist Archives: March 24, 2021, 6:27 a.m. Humanist 34.296 - reactions to measurement, enumeration & mathematics
Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 296.
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Date: 2021-03-23 22:38:21+00:00
From: David Hoover
Subject: Re: [Humanist] 34.283: reactions to measurement, enumeration & mathematics?
As I was re-reading the first chapter of Steve Ramsay's *_Reading
Machines_* (2011), which I assigned in my graduate class in Digital
Literary Studies, I was reminded again of just how interesting his
discussion of related questions is with regard to literary studies.
There is a lot to disagree with there, but also some very perceptive
commentary relevant to measurement and computation and literary
studies. Steve's discussion is especially interesting because his
reservations about measurement and computation in literary studies
comes from someone with impressive computational chops.
David L. Hoover, Professor of English, NYU
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"They had the Nos. of the rain bow and the Power of the air all
workit out with counting which is how they got boats in the air
and picters on the wind. Counting clevverness is what it wer."
-- Russell Hoban, Riddley Walker
On Wed, Mar 17, 2021 at 3:18 AM Humanist wrote:
> Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 34, No. 283.
> Department of Digital Humanities, University of Cologne
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> Date: 2021-03-17 07:12:33+00:00
> From: Willard McCarty
> Subject: reactions to measurement, enumeration & mathematics
> As some here will know, I'm in pursuit of reactions to measurement,
> enumeration & mathematics in the humanities, esp literary studies and
> history, from the earliest days of computing to the onset of the Web.
> I'm particularly interested in reactions that are of the over-the-top
> sort, but even mild ones are of interest. This includes charges that use
> of computers dehumanises the user or subject, that refer to
> quantification or applied maths in any sort of negative context and so
> on. I've had my net in those waters for quite some time, but (I am
> supposing) because academic decorum tends to filter out such expressions
> of disapproval, they are hard to find. Sober discussions of such
> reactions would also be welcome.
> Many thanks for any references.
> Willard McCarty,
> Professor emeritus, King's College London;
> Editor, Interdisciplinary Science Reviews; Humanist
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