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What is remediation?

When Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin published ‘Remediation: Understanding New Media’ in 1999, it was immediately clear that their title referred to Marshall McLuhan’s earlier ‘Understanding Media: The Extensions …

Farewell

In this video Philipp Schweighauser reviews the course, thanks you for your participation, and bids you all farewell. Please give us your feedback We’d be very grateful if you would …

What is the matter with matter?

Since the 1980s, scholars of modern literature have begun to devote increasing attention to those features of books that medievalists and Renaissance scholars have always considered crucial: the stuff that …

Why does the materiality of books matter?

This video is designed to shed light on why the material qualities of books and other reading surfaces are of great significance. As Philipp Schweighauser explains why the stuff that …

What do we learn from distant reading?

In the last two steps you learned about Prof. Hugues Marchal’s Euterpe project, a computer-assisted examination of French scientific poetry from the Enlightenment to the beginning of the 20th century. …

Is the medium the message?

Marshall McLuhan had a massive impact on the way we think about practically every aspect of cultural exchange. He turned our attention to the medial, material, and technological preconditions of …

What is the message of ebooks?

In his famous Playboy interview, Marshall McLuhan elaborates on his most powerful statement that ‘the medium is the message’ (Understanding 7) by noting that ‘the content or message of any …

What does distant reading look like?

Philipp Schweighauser introduces you to the Stanford Literary Lab, a team of researchers that use scientific methods and computer programs to identify recurring patterns and large-scale historical developments in literature. …

What is Euterpe? Part I

Professor Hugues Marchal presents his Euterpe project, a computer-assisted examination of French scientific poetry from the Enlightenment to the beginning of the 20th century that relies on quantitative data analysis …

What is Euterpe? Part II

This is the second part of the video about the Euterpe project, a computer-assisted examination of French scientific poetry from the Enlightenment to the beginning of the 20th century. Watch …

What is distant reading?

Distant reading refers to a professional reading method that relies heavily on computer programs. This strategy, developed by Franco Moretti, represents an attempt at utilizing big data analytics for the …

What do distant readers do differently?

In his essay ‘Conjectures on World Literature’ (2000) and his books Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for a Literary History (2005) and Distant Reading (2013), the Italian scholar Franco Moretti …

What is new about New Historicism?

New Historicism is, and has been over the last three decades, a leading theoretical school in the humanities. Learn about how it reinvented the way we think about the relation …

Pound’s Basel connection

In this video Philipp Schweighauser takes you to Basel’s University Psychiatric Clinics and tells you about Ezra Pound’s mysterious connection with this institution, his hospitalization for mental health issues, as …