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The Journal of English Language and Literature , Vol.60, No.1, 21 ~ 37, 2014
Distant Reading, Digital Humanities and the Changing Field of Early Irish Fiction: Micro versus Macro, More or Less?
Margaret Kelleher
While recent years have seen the availability of some truly innovative digital resources in the international field of literary studies, there is yet little sustained investigation, reflection or critique by humanities scholars of the new forms of knowledge thus generated, or of the new scales and types of research made possible, or of the new kinds of intellectual brokerage which may be necessary to link digital and analogue resources. The current debate concerning distant and close reading offers an opportunity to advance this necessary wider analysis. The chosen case study is the recently completed online resource Guide to Irish Fiction: 1650- 1900, accessible at http://www.lgif.ie (PI Margaret Kelleher), an electronic version of the Loebers` Guide to Irish Fiction, a bibliography of some 5,000 titles. This project provides a concrete example of the challenges and opportunities presented by distant reading, and relatedly by new developments in digital humanities, to the field of eighteenth and nineteenth-century Irish fiction and to the established canon of Irish fiction. The paper situates this project in the context of current debates on the research significance of macroanalyses and distant readings, with specific reference to the potential gains for previously neglected domains of national literatures.
Key Words
digital humanities, Irish literature, macroanalysis, distant reading, interaction,영미문학, 문화연구, 비교문학, 비평이론, English and American Literature, cultural studies, comparative literature, critical theory
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