Digital Modernism just got a very generous review from David Winters (University of Cambridge), writing for Modernism/Modernity (Volume 21, Number 4, November 2014). I am very grateful! Here are some of my favorite lines from the review:
“Pressman creates fresh connections not just between modernist and digital writing, but between modernism and the current configuration of literary studies…..”
“Here and elsewhere, Pressman’s approach presses home the permeability of the boundaries between literary periods, critical methods, and the media in which they’re embedded. Perhaps the most productive aspect of Digital Modernism is its dialectical sensitivity to how “modes of critical analysis change along with their objects of study,” as well as how “literature itself promotes this change” and participates in it (80).”
“Digital Modernism provides an illuminating guide to an increasingly vital element of the modernist legacy. Moreover, its reflections on the interconnectedness of literature and media, and of the present and the past, represent a sophisticated restatement of something quite central to the modernist spirit: namely, that “literary revolution happens by looping back,” by “returning to the past in order to move forward,” and by creating recursive connections between old and new “literary practices and reading technologies” (174). As Pressman persuasively shows, this modernist logic means as much today as it did ten decades ago.”
The Digital Humanities initiative at San Diego State now has a virtual home. Check out our new website and all we’re building at SDSU!
It seems that scholars in Poland are taking interest in my work on bookishness. Check out the description (on Amazon) of Katarzyna Bazarnik’s forthcoming book:
Maybe I can visit Poland soon!
Great coverage of THATCamp: Diving into Digital Humanities as the cornerstone of the Digital Humanities initiative at SDSU!
That’s right, we’re organizing a ThatCamp!
“Diving into the Digital Humanities”
October 24-25, 2014
San Diego State University
@ The new Aztec Student Union
THATCamp is “The Humanities and Technology Camp,” and it is an “un-conference” meeting where humanists and technologists of all skill levels learn and build together in sessions proposed on the spot.
This THATCamp is special because it is organized through a unique collaboration between 4 regional institutions: San Diego State University, UCSD, Cal State University at San Marcos, and University of San Diego. Inspired by the open, grass-roots efforts of our regional networking group, DHSoCal, this ThatCamp promotes working together and collaborating across disciplinary, departmental, and institutional divides.
All ThatCamps are open to all kinds of campers, but this one is envisioned as a way to get new folks engaged in the DH and to create new networks of collaboration. So, if you have any kind of inkling to learn about the Digital Humanities– whether you’re already a dedicated digital humanist researcher or an absolute newbie, whether you are a student, teacher, or curious community member– come to camp!
Our THATCamp is about jumping into the Digital Humanities, getting wet, and learning to swim.
Dive in. The water’s fine!
Register here: http://dhsocal2014.thatcamp.org/
I am honored to have an essay, “Electronic Literature as Comparative Literature,” included in the 2014 – 2015 Report on the State of the Discipline of Comparative Literature, edited by David Damrosch (Harvard) and Ursula Heise (UCLA). http://stateofthediscipline.acla.org/
It’s out, and it has my entry, “The Impact of Old Media on New Media.”