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Humanist Archives: Sept. 4, 2021, 7:30 a.m. Humanist 35.215 - remember Hugh Kenner at ALLC/ACH in 1993?

              Humanist Discussion Group, Vol. 35, No. 215.
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        Date: 2021-09-03 07:39:09+00:00
        From: Rebecca Roach <>
        Subject: Hugh Kenner ACH/ALLC Keynote 1993

Dear All,

I wonder if I could stir anyone’s memories? I have been doing some research into
Hugh Kenner’s role as programmer, literary critic and public commentator on DH
activities in the 1980s and 1990s. I know he gave a keynote lecture, entitled
‘The Electronic Muse’ to the ACH/ALLC conference in 1993 (Georgetown, Washington
DC), some of the notes of which are available in his archive. However, from these 
notes it is difficult to ascertain precisely what his full argument was and also the 
response of the audience. He seems to have drawn on an article he wrote a month 
or so earlier for the TLS about word processing, but I wondered where it diverged. 
If anyone attended and remembers any of it, or recalls the audience response, do 
please get in touch. It is part of a wider history of the intersections of literature
and computing, via their shared interest in conversation.

Best wishes

Becky Roach

Associate Professor/Senior Lecturer in Contemporary Literature
Arts G32

Literature and the Rise of the Interview

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