Reviewed by: Cheryl LaGuardia, Research Librarian, Widener Library, Harvard University
Humanist Studies and the Digital Age is “devoted to the reformulation of received philological and philosophical ideas of writing and reading literary works, motivated by the advent of electronic texts.” This digital humanities journal encourages “new theoretical engagements based on comparative media studies, translations and interdisciplinary approaches to a new humanist philology, and a new humanist philosophy, made possible by digital technology.” The editors consider “studies on Petrarch and the humanist age in all its manifestations and the Oregon Petrarch Open Book” the seminal topics of discussion within the journal, they also encourage submissions investigating in general “the interface of philological, interpretative, and digital inquiry.” All articles in the journal are released under a Creative Commons Attribution No-Derivative-Works or more liberal license.
Specific types of material published in sections here include: Editorials, Perspectives, Interventions, Projects, Is the Text Mobile?, and Literature and New Media. The volume 4, number 1, 2015 issue contains an Editorial (“Circles: Networks of Reading”), the Perspectives article, “Change of Paradigm: From Individual to Community-Based Scholarship,” the Interventions “Digital Readers of Allusive Texts: Ovidian Intertextuality in the 'Commedia' and the Digital Concordance on 'Intertextual Dante'” and “Re-Reading Petrarca in the Digital Era,” and the Projects, “From Quill to Mouse: Digitizing the ‘Woman of Letters’ 1861-1922,” “From fragment to hypertext: Adding layers of reading,” and “E-philology and Twitterature.”
I was intrigued by the section, Is the Text Mobile?, so I did a search of the journal for that phrase and discovered several articles published in that section, including “Il testo (non) è mobile,” (about “the transformation of the textual community, namely, modern society, into a digital community, in other words, a network society”), “Liquid/Cloudy/Foggy: For a Critique of Fluid Textuality,” and “Textualities in the Digital Age.”
This title will be of use and interest to “digital humanists” everywhere, and should be brought to the attention of all your users studying the digital humanities.