Greek Literature, the Digital Humanities, and the Shifting Technologies of Reading

Barker, Elton and Terras, Melissa (2016). Greek Literature, the Digital Humanities, and the Shifting Technologies of Reading. Oxford University Press, Oxford.

DOI: https://doi.org/10.1093/oxfordhb/9780199935390.013.45

URL: http://www.oxfordhandbooks.com/view/10.1093/oxford...

Abstract

Contrary perhaps to expectation, Classical studies is at the vanguard of the latest technological developments for using digital tools and computational techniques in research. This article outlines its pioneering adoption of digital tools and methods, and investigates how the digital medium is helping to transform the study of Greek and Latin literature. It discusses the processes and consequences of digitization, explaining how technologies like multispectral imaging are increasing the textual corpus, while examining how annotation, engagement, and reuse are changing the way we think about “the text”. It also considers how the digital turn is reinvigorating textual analysis, by exploring the broader ecosystem, within which the digital text can now be studied, and which provides enriched contexts for understanding that are constantly shifting and expanding. Classical literature in the digital age has the potential to both challenge dominant modes of thinking about antiquity and disrupt traditional ways of doing research.

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