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Jerome McGann has been at the forefront of the digital revolution in the humanities. His pioneering critical projects on the World Wide Web have redefined traditional notions about interpreting literature. In this trailblazing book, McGann explores the profound implications digital media have for the core critical tasks of the humanities.Drawing on his work as editor of th Jerome McGann has been at the forefront of the digital revolution in the humanities. His pioneering critical projects on the World Wide Web have redefined traditional notions about interpreting literature. In this trailblazing book, McGann explores the profound implications digital media have for the core critical tasks of the humanities.Drawing on his work as editor of the acclaimed hypertext project The Rossetti Archive, he sets the foundation for a new critical practice for the digital age. Digital media, he demonstrates, can do much more than organize access to great works of literature and art. Beyond their acknowledged editorial and archival capabilities, digital media are also critical tools of unprecedented power. In McGann’s practical vision, digital tools give scholars a flexible, dynamic means for interpreting expressive works—especially those that combine text and image. Radiant Textuality demonstrates eloquently how new technologies can deepen our understanding of complex, multi-layered works of the human imagination in ways never before thought possible.


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Jerome McGann has been at the forefront of the digital revolution in the humanities. His pioneering critical projects on the World Wide Web have redefined traditional notions about interpreting literature. In this trailblazing book, McGann explores the profound implications digital media have for the core critical tasks of the humanities.Drawing on his work as editor of th Jerome McGann has been at the forefront of the digital revolution in the humanities. His pioneering critical projects on the World Wide Web have redefined traditional notions about interpreting literature. In this trailblazing book, McGann explores the profound implications digital media have for the core critical tasks of the humanities.Drawing on his work as editor of the acclaimed hypertext project The Rossetti Archive, he sets the foundation for a new critical practice for the digital age. Digital media, he demonstrates, can do much more than organize access to great works of literature and art. Beyond their acknowledged editorial and archival capabilities, digital media are also critical tools of unprecedented power. In McGann’s practical vision, digital tools give scholars a flexible, dynamic means for interpreting expressive works—especially those that combine text and image. Radiant Textuality demonstrates eloquently how new technologies can deepen our understanding of complex, multi-layered works of the human imagination in ways never before thought possible.

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  1. 5 out of 5

    Filipa Calado

    Jerome McGann is a pioneer brining together the future of literary studies and technology. Most of these essays were written 20 years ago, but they continue to be relevant and provoking today. His main thesis is that reading itself is a form of criticism, what he calls "deformance," an interpretation that occurs between reader and text. It follows that reading online or moving texts across media or subjecting them to computational methods can yield worthwhile and insightful results, making us loo Jerome McGann is a pioneer brining together the future of literary studies and technology. Most of these essays were written 20 years ago, but they continue to be relevant and provoking today. His main thesis is that reading itself is a form of criticism, what he calls "deformance," an interpretation that occurs between reader and text. It follows that reading online or moving texts across media or subjecting them to computational methods can yield worthwhile and insightful results, making us look at old artifacts in new ways. This is extremely exciting news for literary studies and pushes the field forward. Would recommend for anybody interested in the future of literature and the digital.

  2. 5 out of 5

    Kate

    "In a dark time the eye begins to see." "Every text is a network of roads taken and not taken." "In a dark time the eye begins to see." "Every text is a network of roads taken and not taken."

  3. 5 out of 5

    Chris Friend

    Effective, insightful, more or less interesting, but primarily thought-provoking. Worth reading and thinking about, but not what I'd consider "game-changing". Effective, insightful, more or less interesting, but primarily thought-provoking. Worth reading and thinking about, but not what I'd consider "game-changing".

  4. 4 out of 5

    Cyrus Carter

    Ok, I missed a lot here. Post-decontructionist? An essay, of sorts.

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