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The Google Doodle for today celebrates the first book to be illustrated by photographs, Anna Atkins's Photographs of British Algae: Cyanotype Impressions (London, 1843-53). See Michael Cavna, "Anna Atkins: Google Doodle Artfully Celebrates a True-blue Photographic Pioneer," Washington Post March 16, 2015 <http://goo.gl/pK0hk7>; for examples see also <http://goo.gl/0iWAFv>.

Atkins's work relates to a point I make in "Definition and Depiction," Word & Image 26 (2010): 244-72 <http://dx.doi.org/10.1080/02666280903270360>: 

"Imagine that you see a giraffe on top of a nearby hill in broad daylight; now imagine that you see it at dusk, silhouetted against the sky; now imagine that you see its shadow cast against a wall by single source of bright light; now imagine that you see a tracing of that shadow on the wall (both Pliny and Leonardo traced the origins of painting to such a tracing...); now imagine that you see a scaled reduction of that drawing: what part of your perception at each stage is ‘natural’, what part ‘conventional’? Is the perception of the shape of the giraffe always a matter of convention? Is it inherently unnatural?" (261-62)
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“Merry Christmas to You;" or, Wishes Not Horses

In time for Christmas: “Dickens’s First Effusion,” Dickens Quarterly 31:4 (December 2014): 285-97. Proposes that “‘Merry Christmas to You;’ or, Wishes Not Horses,” Athenæum Jan. 7, 1832: 17-18, signed “C. D.,” was by Charles Dickens – his first publication.
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Centrum: Working Papers of the Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Language, Style, and Literary Theory was published twice a year at the University of Minnesota from 1973 until 1982. In 2014 the journal was archived at the University's Digital Conservancy. Tables of contents and links for each issue appear at the link below.
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Old wine at a new URL: "Grice's 'Implicature' and Literary Interpretation: Background and Preface" (1978) http://hdl.handle.net/11299/164081 
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I think this line of inquiry is still as pertinent as ever, if not more so.
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British Periodicals at Minnesota: The Early Nineteenth Century
Compiled February 1995, revised July 2014

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Fall 2014 grad course
Readings in 19th-Century Literature and Culture: Digital Perspectives
3:35 P.M. - 6:05 P.M. , Tu (09/02/2014 - 12/10/2014) , 
FordH 170 , Michael Hancher
In recent years new digital tools for access and analysis have broadened and refined the scholarly study of nineteenth-century literature and culture. This course will survey achievements that have already been realized, assess their limitations, and explore possibilities for new ventures in the field. Representative authors and archives include Bentham, Blake, Austen, Babbage, Dickens, Braddon, Rossetti, and Doyle; Parliamentary Papers, the Times and other British newspapers, Ackermann's Repository of Arts, the Illustrated London News, the London Journal, the Strand; BRANCH (Britain, Representation, and Nineteenth-Century History), Google Books, HathiTrust, Google Art Project, British Library Photostream, Your Paintings, Database of Mid-Victorian Wood-engraved Illustration, UK Reading Experience Database, and NINES (Nineteenth-Century Scholarship Online). Secondary readings will include works by Brake, Cohen, Flanders, Fyfe, Houston, Jockers, Landow, Leary, Liddle, McGann, Moretti, Mussell, and Stauffer.
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Thanks; looking forward to it.
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C. D., "Merry Christmas to You;' or, Wishes Not Horses" can be read at http://goo.gl/S1LUe7, pp. 17-18. Disgruntlement with Christmas is older than Scrooge--as old as the Reform Bill. For details see  “Dickens’s First Effusion,” Dickens Quarterly 31:4 (December 2014): 285-97.
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Digital Dictionaries

On January 5, 2013, the Modern Language Association Discussion Group on Lexicography sponsored session 562, "Digital Dictionaries," at the MLA's annual convention in Boston. Tweets reporting that session were later assembled at Storify.com. Jennifer Howard interviewed the participants before publishing her article, "In the Digital Era, Our Dictionaries Read Us," in the Chronicle of Higher Education on March 11, 2013.

Five articles have now been published in Dictionaries: Journal of the Dictionary Society of North America, volume 35 (2014), which expand on the presentations given at that session:

--Michael Hancher, “Digital Dictionaries: Introduction,” 272–74.
--Ben Zimmer, “Lexicography 2.0: Reimagining Dictionaries for the Digital Age,” 275–86.
--Peter Sokolowski, “The Dictionary as Data,” 287–98.
--David Jost, “Digital Change: The Benefits of Control,” 299–302.
--Lisa Berglund, “Reflecting on Digital Dictionaries,” 303–06.

See also "Notes on Contributors," 398-403.
In 1900 James A. H. Murray, editor of the Oxford English Dictionary, pointed out that before there were print dictionaries there were interlinear glosses in medieval manuscripts, which were put there by readers to explain the occasional hard word (1900, 7–9). Sometimes manuscript glossaries ...
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Recently published: "College English in India: The First Textbook." 
Victorian Literature and Culture 42 (2014): 553-72.
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Centrum: Working Papers of the Minnesota Center for Advanced Studies in Language, Style, and Literary Theory was published twice a year at the University of Minnesota from 1973 until 1982; issues are now in the process of being archived at the University's online Digital Conservancy. The first issue to appear there is vol. 3, no. 2 (1975), which includes the following articles:

Stanley Fish: "Speech-act theory, literary theory, and Coriolanus"
Martin Steinmann, Jr.: "Perlocutionary acts and the interpretation of literature"
Barbara Herrnstein Smith: "Actions, fictions, and the ethics of interpretation"
E. D. Hirsch: "What's the use of speech-act theory?" 
Kenneth Burke: "Words as deeds"
Bruce Fraser: "Warning and threatening"
Elizabeth Bruss: "Manufactured signs: Semiotics and the automobile"
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Back issues of Knight Letter, the newsletter of the Lewis Carroll Society of North America, are available at the Internet Archive.
Knight Letter No. 36 (Volume I) - The Lewis Carroll Society of North America Newsletter Keywords: Lewis Carroll, Alice in Wonderland, Through the Looking Glass Downloads: 55. [texts], Knight Letter No. 49 (Volume I) - The Lewis Carroll Society of North America Newsletter ...
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Dictionaries 34 (2013) includes nine authoritative articles about the history and use of the Oxford English Dictionary, and also accounts of digital lexicography and digital dictionaries. For the table of contents see http://mac10.typepad.com/Dictionaries%2034_2013%20TOC.pdf. Online access is available via institutional subscription to Project Muse (http://muse.jhu.edu/journals/dictionaries/), as well as directly to members of the Dictionary Society of North America, who also receive print copies.
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