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Hermeneutica: Computer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities

Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair


The image of the scholar as a solitary thinker dates back at least to Descartes’ Discourse on Method. But scholarly practices in the humanities are changing as older forms of communal inquiry are combined with modern research methods enabled by the Internet, accessible computing, data availability, and new media. Hermeneutica introduces interpretative text analysis using computer-assisted practices. It offers theoretical chapters about text analysis, presents a set of analytical tools (called Voyant Tools) that instantiate the theory, and provides example essays that illustrate the use of thes ... More

Keywords: Text analysis, Computer-assisted interpretation, Humanities, Voyant, Hermeneutica, Hermeneutics, Word clouds, Data journalism

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780262034357
Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017 DOI:10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Geoffrey Rockwell, author

Stéfan Sinclair, author