May 25, 2022

Video: Matthew Kirschenbaum Discusses His Book, “Track Changes: A Literary History of Word Processing”

The video embedded below of a presentation by Matthew Kirschenbaum was shared on the University of Maryland Libraries YouTube channel today.

The presentation was recorded on November 2, 2016 at the McKeldin Library/University of Maryland.


The story of writing in the digital age is every bit as messy as the ink-stained rags that littered the floor of Gutenberg’s print shop or the hot molten lead of the Linotype machine. During the period of the pivotal growth and widespread adoption of word processing as a writing technology, some authors embraced it as a marvel while others decried it as the death of literature.

The product of years of archival research and numerous interviews conducted by the author, “Track Changes” is the first literary history of word processing.

Matthew Kirschenbaum is Professor in the Department of English at the University of Maryland and Director of the Graduate Certificate in Digital Studies.

He is also an affiliated faculty member with the College of Information Studies at Maryland and a member of the teaching faculty at the University of Virginia’s Rare Book School.

He served previously as an Associate Director of the Maryland Institute for Technology in the Humanities (MITH) for over a decade. He is a 2011 Guggenheim Fellow.

See Also: A New Article by Matthew Kirschenbaum: “books After the Death of the Book” (via Public Books)

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