Johanna Ruth Drucker

University of California, Los Angeles
Visual theorist; Information specialist; Poet (visual poetry); Educator
Humanities and Arts
Literature and Language Studies

Prominent figure in the burgeoning new field of digital humanities, as expert in understanding how humanistic and aesthetic works transfer to the internet as she is at devising research tools and archival techniques. Developed an elaborate program of study to which others now refer regularly.Speclab: Digital Aesthetics and Speculative Computing (2008) exemplifies her contention that humanists must play a role in designing models of knowledge for the digital age. Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice (2012), edited with four others, is proving to be authoritative. Also the author of a book as an expert on typography, graphic design and visual poetry. Earlier books include Theorizing Modernism: Visual Art and the Critical Tradition (1994), which showcases her as artist-and art historian, and The Visible Word (1996), a study of graphic poetics and a very scholarly treatment of the post-Mallarméan tradition in poetic layout and artistic typography. Current areas of investigation focus on ways humanities disciplines can influence information visualization in digital projects.

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