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Durham University

Department of English Studies


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Publication details for Professor Claire Warwick

Warwick, C. (2009). Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman (eds.). The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Review of English Studies 60(244): 335-338.

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Once again Ray Siemens and Susan Schreibman have produced a remarkable collection of writing about scholarship and resource creation in the area of digital humanities. This volume on digital literary studies is, as it were, a companion to their earlier Companion to Digital Humanities. As such it promises to be be equally significant to the field and should be equally well used and highly regarded in universities both in Europe and North America.

The companion provides a very thorough survey of research and resource development in numerous area of digital literary studies, written by an impressive collection of leading scholars. It is intended as a general introduction to the multiple aspects of the field, but many of the chapters go beyond this to provide fascinating discussion of the problems and scholarly possibilities of different aspects of this highly diverse area. As such it is impossible in this space to do justice to the entire range of subjects covered in the Companion's thirty-one very detailed chapters, and so what follows will survey its general structure and comment on themes emerging from the book as a whole.

The book is divided into three sections, on traditions, textualities and methodologies. In the first section chapters are concerned with periodic areas of study, such the classical, medieval, early modern, and so on. They review the digital resources available and the type of scholarly questions that are being researched in their area, and include some speculation about future scholarship made possible by digital resources.


Ray Siemens, and Susan Schreibman. (eds.). The Blackwell Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Pp. xviii + 620 (Blackwell Companions to Literature and Culture 50): Oxford and Malden, MA: Blackwell, 2007. Cloth, £95.

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