Digital Critical Editions, edited by Daniel Apollon, Claire Bélisle, and Phillippe Régnier, reviewed by Goldwynn Lewis. For anyone who has considered the influence of digital technologies on textual editing of critical editions (and more broadly on the production of knowledge), Digital Critical Editions has something to offer. Part of the Topics in the Digital Humanities series, Digital Critical Editions originated in a French-Norwegian collaboration investigating how scholarly editors are dealing with the digital turn on a practical and conceptual level... Read more.
Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound, by Lori Emerson, reviewed by Keith Swigger. Humans shape technologies, but technologies in turn impact the people who adopt and use them, a point made by a long line of commentators and scholars, such as Lewis Mumford, Norbert Wiener, Edward T. Hall, Neil Postman, and Sherry Turkle. That observation applies to information technologies as much as to powerful technologies such as the wheel, the clock, and the internal combustion engine. Lori Emerson recognizes at the outset... Read more.
Information Beyond Borders: International Cultural and Intellectual Exchange in the Belle Époque, by W. Boyd Rayward, reviewed by Joseph E. Straw. Can the past provide examples of a world linked together by nearly instantaneous communication? Were past discoveries dependent on the work of scientific networks sharing ideas across national boundaries? Did past economic innovation function within a global order relying on intelligence flows from every corner of the world? W. Boyd Rayward in his edited book... Read more.
The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing, by Paul Stephens, reviewed by Robert Farrell. The title of Paul Stephens’s The Poetics of Information Overload: From Gertrude Stein to Conceptual Writing has the kind of definitive ring to it that connotes comprehensiveness. The book’s preface, expanded and published in Guernica Magazine upon its release would lead the reader to this conclusion as well since it prominently references Dadaism, Oulipo, and a wide range of modern and contemporary poets... Read more.