Digital Humanities is becoming an increasingly popular focus of academic endeavour. There are now hundreds of Digital Humanities centres worldwide and the subject is taught at both postgraduate and undergraduate level. Yet the term ’Digital Humanities’ is much debated. This reader brings together, for the first time, in one core volume the essential readings that have emerged in Digital Humanities. We provide a historical overview of how the term ’Humanities Computing’ developed into the term ’Digital Humanities’, and highlight core readings which explore the meaning, scope, and implementation of the field. To contextualize and frame each included reading, the editors and authors provide a commentary on the original piece. There is also an annotated bibliography of other material not included in the text to provide an essential list of reading in the discipline. This text will be required reading for scholars and students who want to discover the history of Digital Humanities through its core writings, and for those who wish to understand the many possibilities that exist when trying to define Digital Humanities.

chapter |10 pages


ByJulianne Nyhan, Melissa Terras, Edward Vanhoutte

part I|146 pages

Humanities Computing

chapter 1|21 pages

Is Humanities Computing an Academic Discipline?

ByGeoffrey Rockwell

chapter 2|14 pages

What is Humanities Computing and What is Not?

ByJohn Unsworth

chapter 3|16 pages

Information Technology and the Troubled Humanities

ByJerome McGann

part II|77 pages

Digital Humanities

chapter 7|28 pages

Humanities Computing as Digital Humanities

ByPatrik Svensson

chapter 8|7 pages

Something Called Digital Humanities

ByWendell Piez

chapter 9|9 pages

What Is Digital Humanities and What's It Doing in English Departments?

ByMatthew G. Kirschenbaum

chapter 10|13 pages

The Productive Unease of 21st-century Digital Scholarship

ByJulia Flanders

chapter 11|15 pages

Toward a Conceptual Framework for the Digital Humanities

ByPaul Rosenbloom

part III|41 pages

From the Blogosphere

chapter 13|3 pages

Who's In and Who's Out

ByStephen Ramsay

chapter 14|3 pages

On Building

ByStephen Ramsay

chapter 15|7 pages

Inclusion in the Digital Humanities

ByGeoffrey Rockwell

chapter 17|4 pages

I'm Chris, Where Am I Wrong?

ByChris Forster

chapter 18|8 pages

Peering Inside the Big Tent

ByMelissa Terras

chapter 19|5 pages

ADHO, On Love and Money

ByBethany Nowviskie

part IV|21 pages

Voices from the Community

chapter 20|9 pages

Selected Definitions from the Day of Digital Humanities: 2009–2012

ByMelissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Edward Vanhoutte

chapter 21|9 pages

Digital Humanities Definitions by Type

ByFred Gibbs

part V|7 pages

Further Materials

chapter V 22|4 pages

Selected Further Reading

ByMelissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Edward Vanhoutte

chapter V 23|1 pages

Questions for Discussion

ByMelissa Terras, Julianne Nyhan, Edward Vanhoutte