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HermeneuticaComputer-Assisted Interpretation in the Humanities$
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Geoffrey Rockwell and Stéfan Sinclair

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780262034357

Published to MIT Press Scholarship Online: January 2017

DOI: 10.7551/mitpress/9780262034357.001.0001

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A Model Theory: Thinking Through Hermeneutical Things

A Model Theory: Thinking Through Hermeneutical Things

(p.149) 9 A Model Theory: Thinking Through Hermeneutical Things

Geoffrey Rockwell

Stéfan Sinclair

The MIT Press

What sort of thing is a text analysis tool and how does it bear theory? The ninth chapter looks at how things like models or demonstration devices can be used to share theories. This helps us understand theories about text tools from concordances to interactive visualizations. We return to John B. Smith and his ideas about computer criticism and visualization. We also look at Stephen Ramsay to present a model theory of text analysis as play. Tools bear interpretative baggage or rules that constrain and open how you can enter into a playful dialogue with a text. We then look at how tools like models and instruments bear theory we can speculate about how they can be better designed to be open themselves to interpretation. We close with the principles we followed building Voyant so that it is open to use and interpretation.

Keywords:   Davis Baird, Thing Theory, Computer Criticism, Visualization, Stephen Ramsay, Models

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