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McGann, Jerome. "Dialogue and Interpretation at the Interface of Man and Machine: Reflections on Textuality and a Proposal for an Experiment in Machine Reading." Computers and the Humanities 36.1 (February 2002): 95-107.
- "What is text? I am not so naive as to imagine that question could ever be finally settled. Asking such a question is like asking 'How long is the coast of England?'. But now we have to ask it again because when the questino was re-posed by our digital culture, the humanities response proved inadequate: on one hand a reactionary refusal to admit that this new culture had any right to ask such a question (Sven Birkerts); on the other, the emergence of TEI and the proposal that its view of text would serve the interests of humanities scholars for digital culture." (96)
- "A page of printed or scripted text should thus be understood as a certain kind of graphic interface. The complexity of the interface varies from a minimal use of the bibliographical codes open to a given paperspace -- the text you are now reading is a good instace of such simplicity -- to highly elaborated interfaces like those determined as poetic texts." (100)