Hardcover ISBN: 9781503633353
Paperback ISBN: 9781503639874
Combining programming knowledge with a humanistic analysis of the social and historical dimensions of computing, Lennon offers researchers in literary studies, STS, media and digital studies, and technical fields the first technically rigorous approach to studying programming languages from a humanities-based perspective.
About the author
Brian Lennon is Professor of English and Comparative Literature at Pennsylvania State University. He is the author of Passwords: Philology, Security, Authentication (2018) and In Babel's Shadow: Multilingual Literatures, Monolingual States (2010.)
"Programming Language Cultures dispels the hype around computation that colors so much previous analysis. Impeccable research and technical mastery combine with the keen sensibilities of a philologist to demonstrate, finally, a welcome intellectual maturity in digital studies."
—Aden Evens, Dartmouth College
"Instead of chasing the latest in artificial intelligence, cryptocurrency, or social media, Lennon's approach is to historicize the foundation on which all apps, algorithms, and platforms are built: programming languages old and new."
—Warren Sack, University of California, Santa Cruz