Hermeneutics, the Study of Wor(l)ds We’ve mentioned the hermeneutical circle Grammatical vs. Psychological meanings More generally: human beings inhabit worlds, not just environments Worldview Origins in interpreting the Bible and Roman Law The “records left by man [sic]” bear the imprint of these worlds Scholarship is about remembering these worlds to our contemporaries Remembering them, rearticulating them
“We hold these truths to be self-evident, that all men are created equal, that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable Rights, that among these are Life, Liberty and the pursuit of Happiness.”
Texts “contain” worlds Is this idea found in hypertext?
Operationalizing the concept Worlds consist of “symbols and meanings” Symbols and meanings Encode categories Are expressed by both words and images Are created and “owned” by communities and societies We can represent these in the digital medium
Let’s look at how worlds are represented for Dante and Tibet
World of Dante Third Generation IATH project Deborah Parker, Italian Focuses on putting the Divine Comedy in context—evoking the world Dante is like Blake and Milton in this respect How does the site accomplish this? Visit site and begin reading … Ask: who is Beatrice?
Submenu Core Content Main Menu Maps SEARCH Text, Category LIST Music CANTO VIEWER English, Italian, Categories Timeline Inferno | Purgatorio| Paradisio Resources IMAGE RECORD CATEGORY RECORD Gallery Information Architecture of WOD
World Views Maps categories onto text Maps images onto categories
Tibetan & Himalayan Library Third Generation IATH project David Germano, Religious Studies Builds on UVAs position in Tibetan Studies Focuses on putting Tibet in context Also takes advantage of context—how? Built around the library metaphor (alas) Projects, Collections, Places (Map room), Encyclopedias, Reference, Community, Tools
Key Elements Media Images, video, etc. Categories (Knowledge Maps) Rituals, Economics, etc. Maps Interactive Maps, Place Dictionary Literature Encyclopedia, Dictionary, Translator, etc. Community Projects, How to Contribute, etc.
Exercise Group A: Compare the representations of Virgil and Beatrice in the text. Who are they and how many times does each appear in the text? Group B: Compare image representations of Virgil and Beatrice Group C: Locate the Tibetan city of Lhasa and learn about it place in Tibetan culture Group D: use the Knowledge Maps to find out how many kinds of Tibetan rituals there are. Do any have images associated with them?