A colleague who read my previous post suggested to me that I was calling for a basically "positivist" style of literary scholarship, akin to the would-be empirical investigations of nineteenth-century philologists and historians. He didn't mean that in a positive way. And thereon hangs a twentieth-century literary-historical tale...


I have seen the future of the digital humanities--and it is full of hope! It is also full of many happy afternoons spent following hyperlinks into fascinating, and extremely nerdy, cultural niches. Let me explain...


What use could there be for negative evidence in literary scholarship?


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Andrew Goldstone
Andrew Goldstone is an Assistant Professor of English at Rutgers University, New Brunswick. His book, Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man, is published by Oxford University Press. He specializes in twentieth-century literature in English, with interests in modernist and non-modernist writing, literary theory, the sociology of literature, and the digital humanities.


Fictions of Autonomy: Modernism from Wilde to de Man
Oxford University Press | 2013