Dear Andy and Amy,
Let me also add to your praise of the contributors a statement back at you of appreciation and thanks for your foresight, insight, and diligence in putting this volume together. It takes considerable work simply to get the attention of a fine press like Michigan not to mention editing the book itself, which promises to be a seminal work for digital studies among Americanists. Congrats and much gratitude for what you have done for us and for the field.
BTW: if you haven't done so already, you might send an announcement of the book to C19.
John Bryant, Professor of English
Mason 204, Hofstra University, Hempstead, NY 11549; Tel: 516.463.5470
Editor, The Melville Society, http://melvillesociety.org/
General Editor, Melville Electronic Library
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Though I generally resist any use of this list for solicitation, I'm passing along this release because the book came explicitly out of this group (and, ahem, not just because I happen to be co-editor of the book). In 2007, soon after some of the first Digital Americanist sessions at ALA, Amy Earhart said to me, "they were so great--maybe we should put a book together of Americanists working on digital projects." Though I worried that, in this publishing environment, any new book of essays would be a hard sell, I agreed to work with Amy to see if we could get a proposal together. To our delight, virtually all of our requests--to contributors, to editors, to publishers--were met with a "yes," and here, a couple of years later, is a book I personally feel very proud to be a part of. We got some great writers to contribute to this book, if I do say so myself. I hope you'll enjoy it, too.
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The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age
Edited by Amy E. Earhart and Andrew Jewell
Essays reflecting on the development of the first wave of digital American literature scholarship
The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age, which features a wide range of practitioner-scholars, is the first of its kind: a gathering of people who are expert in American literary studies and in digital technologies, scholars uniquely able to draw from experience with building digital resources and to provide theoretical commentary on how the transformation to new technologies alters the way we think about and articulate scholarship in American literature. The volume collects articles from those who are involved in tool development, usability testing, editing and textual scholarship, digital librarianship, and issues of race and ethnicity in digital humanities, while also situating digital humanities work within the larger literary discipline. In addition, the volume examines the traditional structures of the fields, including tenure and promotion criteria, modes of scholarly production, the skill sets required for scholarship, and the training of new scholars.
The American Literature Scholar in the Digital Age will attract practitioners of digital humanities in multiple fields, Americanists who utilize digital materials, and those who are intellectually curious about the new movement and materials.
"By casting the collection explicitly as an outreach to the larger community of Americanists—not primarily those who self-identify as 'digital scholars'—Earhart and Jewell have made an important choice, and one that will likely make this a landmark publication."
—Andrew Stauffer, University of Virginia
Amy E. Earhart is Assistant Professor in the Department of English at Texas A&M University.
Andrew Jewell is Associate Professor of Digital Projects, University Libraries, at the University of Nebraska–Lincoln.
ISBN 978-0-472-05119-9 Paper $35.00
University of Michigan Press
Andrew Jewell, Ph.D.
Associate Professor, University Libraries
Editor, Willa Cather Archive (http://cather.unl.edu)
29 Love Library
University of Nebraska-Lincoln
Lincoln, NE 68588
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