Archive forOctober 17, 2011

Theories

The idea of Digital Humanities would fit on Richter’s map. A lot of the tools we have encountered in class largely fall into the “audience” (rhetorical) category. Although Richter mentions that this category has become less popular in the late 18th century, perhaps it has begun to gain more prominence once again. These tools allow readers to see what other readers are thinking or how they are reacting to the text (through discussion type forums), and that input shapes how we see the author trying to create for the audience, allowing us to build a better understanding of the author’s motivations, what we should be taking from the text, and in what ways the author kept in mind traditions or manipulated it to form something new.

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