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Kultura algoritmů?
A culture of algorithms?

New directions in the humanities

Author(s): Mariusz Pisarski
Subject(s): Language and Literature Studies, Studies of Literature, Czech Literature
Published by: Ústav pro českou literaturu Akademie věd České republiky
Keywords: algorithms; hypertext; digital literature; digital humanities; distant-reading; object oriented aesthetics; database aesthetics

Summary/Abstract: The paper focuses on the general consequences of the “computational turn in humanities”, i.e. on the theory and practice of literature. The knowledge horizon of the contemporary humanist, as I argue, is infused with the invisible participation of algorithms, which invites us to include them in our cultural reflection. Reflecting on several born-digital works and digitally enhanced renditions of classical literature, and putting them in the context of database paradigms, object-oriented aesthetics and distant-reading methods for the digital humanities, I argue that literary studies in Central Europe can be made more visible by embracing the algorithmic aspects of both new forms of storytelling and new methods in the humanities.

  • Issue Year: 63/2015
  • Issue No: 6
  • Page Range: 907-917
  • Page Count: 11
  • Language: Czech