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Critical Digital Humanities Bibliography

Critical DH Bibliography

This bibliography contains references and notes on sources that would be useful for research in Critical Theory related to Digital Humanities. It was begun as a response to a debate around Digital Humanities being associated with neoliberalism and an extended discussion about theory on the Humanist discussion group around July, 2016. It includes links to notes. As yet there is much to add.

Because these are both vast fields, this bibliography will focus on seminal or representative works aimed at introducing key ideas, which can then be focused, elaborated and critiqued with further investigation. My main concern is that someone considering this field in general should discover crucial texts that may not be in their background - a post-structuralist scholar may not be familiar with Shannon, Weiner or Hebb, and a software engineer might not have realised the relevance of Derrida's critique of presence to information theory or the implications of Haraway's manifesto. In some cases marginal or obscure works are included as examples of kinds of activity that should to be considered, such as the emergence of microgenres and ephemeral posts, as well as iconic, academic, canonical tomes. In general, these texts should be those without which an attempt at Critical Theory in Digital Humanities would be ill-informed. Please alert me to any glaring omissions by emailing bill.pascoe@newcastle.edu.au.

The bibliography also provides a lot of general interest. Notice just how much of our current concerns about software were already present in Lovelace's notes in which she wrote the first ever software, from awe at what might be made possible by automating symbol processing and cautions over misinterpreting it as an artificial mind, to the tantalising prospect it might one day to be possible to make such a mind, to the need to defend something so esoteric as a computer against those who demand time and money be spent on something useful.

References are planned from Akira, Augmented Reality, Darpa, Tim Berners Lee, Virtual Reality, Turing Test, Liebniz, Ibn Sina, Bacon, Wittgenstein, seminal sampling and electro, commodore 64, windows 95, ipod, mobile phone, Dirt, Hooker & Etxeberria, Bakhtin, Warren Sturgis McCulloch (ANNs), Frank Rosenblatt (Perceptron), Paul Werbos (Back Propogation), Donald Hebb, Turing Test, Searle, Bakhtin, Dennet, Marshall Macluhan, Willard McCarty, Burrows, Wikileaks, Panama Papers, Anonymous, Baudrillard, Deleuze and Guattari, Derrida, Saussure.