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Presence Beyond Digital Philology

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A variety of digital developments are underway in text scholarship, but what wider implications are suggested by philologys aim to recover or reproduce (original) presence? What follows responds to Hans Ulrich Gumbrechts philological concept of textual presence from a sociological perspective. It considers why a generative theory of presence matters to philological practice and beyond, submits philological means of producing presence to an analysis that contrasts Gumbrechts typology of presence effects with Niklas Luhmanns influential theory of social systems, and places Gumbrechts typology in the context of other digital scholarship studies that have also taken an interest in presence. The conclusion is that there is common cause in shared humanities and social science research on digital textuality and conceptualisations of presence.

Keywords: digital philology; Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht



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