Schedule

Syllabus (PDF)
Blogging Groups (.docx)

Week 1          

M 1/9 — Introduction

W 1/11

George Anders, “That ‘Useless’ Liberal Arts Degree has Become Tech’s Hottest Ticket”
http://www.forbes.com/sites/georgeanders/2015/07/29/liberal-arts-degree-tech/print/

Matthew Kirschenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities, and What’s it Doing in English Departments?” (D)

Due: (Everyone) Blog post (1-2 paragraphs): Intellectual introductions. What questions, topics, courses, authors/artists/important people, etc., form your driving interests?

Week 2 — Fundamentals: What is the Digital?

M 1/16 — NO CLASS: MARTIN LUTHER KING DAY

W 1/18

Benjamin Peters, “Digital” (D)

Lev Manovich, “Principles of New Media,” from The Language of New Media (D)

Week 3 — Is Poetry Digital?

M 1/23

T.S. Eliot, “The Love Song of J. Alfred Prufrock” (printed handout). Feel free to use your favorite book or find a version in the library to bring to class. But for today it must be read on a printed medium.

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): Close reading: What do you think is the main theme of this poem, and how does it use source material (i.e. other poets and artists) to express that theme? Quote and discuss a short passage to back up your point.

  • Initiators: Group B
  • Respondents: Group C
  • Moderators: Group A

W 1/25

Re-read “Prufrock” in the Catholic Anthology at The Modernist Journals Project (pp. 2-8):
http://modjourn.org/render.php?view=mjp_object&id=1363358435310401

Also check out this illustrated digital comic version:

https://julianpeterscomics.com/page-1-the-love-song-of-j-alfred-prufrock-by-t-s-eliot/

Guiding questions: How is the experience of reading “Prufrock” at MJP different from in print? How does the poem relate to other content in the anthology? Does it have a different meaning in the different medium?

Week 4 — Encoding a Text Structurally and Semantically

M 1/30 — Lab: Structural Encoding of “Prufrock”

W 2/1 — Lab: Semantic Encoding of “Prufrock”

Week 5 — Theory of the Archive

M 2/6

Marta Werner and Paul Voss, “Introduction to Poetics of the Archive” (D)

Mark Sample, “Platform Studies as Historical Inquiry; or, Video Games Bleed History”
http://www.playthepast.org/?p=1857

W 2/8

Spend a couple of hours exploring the following digital archives.

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): Pick one of the archives in this list. Describe what it contains, the kinds of objects, and how they are accessed (what sorts of browsing and search possibilities are there?). How does your chosen archive demonstrate one aspect of archival theory? Quote a brief passage from Werner/Voss or Sample to back up your point.

  • Initiators: Group C
  • Respondents: Group A
  • Moderators: Group B

Lab: The Stolen Time Archive – What is it?

Week 6 — Close- and Distant-Reading the Archive

M 2/13

Read the first issue of The New Freewoman (June 15, 1913), a British feminist magazine edited by Dora Marsden, at MJP.

http://modjourn.org/render.php?id=1303304939127&view=mjp_object

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): Pick one item from the magazine (i.e. an article, poem, advertisement, etc.). Include a link directly to the item, state its argument or theme, and comment on some of the words it uses. What words stand out, and how are they employed to make the argument?

  • Initiators: Group A
  • Respondents: Group B
  • Moderators: Group C

Lab: Basic word searches in MJP

W 2/15

Franco Moretti, “Introduction” & “Graphs” from Graphs, Maps, Trees (D)

Lab: Introduction to Voyant Tools – http://voyant-tools.org; distant-reading The New Freewoman.

Week 7 — Close- and Distant-Reading the Archive (con’t)

M 2/20

Read the July 1918 “Soldier’s Number” of The Crisis, official organ of the NAACP, at MJP. Remember that this issue published just before the end of WWI:

http://modjourn.org/render.php?view=mjp_object&id=129294798430500

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): Pick one item from the magazine, provide a direct link to it, state its argument, and comment on the words it uses. What words stand out, and how are they employed to make the argument? How is language about race similar or dissimilar from language about gender in The New Freewoman?

  • Initiators: Group B
  • Respondents: Group C
  • Moderators: Group A

Lab: Distant reading The Crisis

W 2/22

Lev Manovich: “What is Visualization?” (D)

Lab: Distant reading race and gender with Voyant Tools.

Week 8 — Chronological Discourse

M 2/27 — Lab: Timeline

W 3/1 — Midterm project work

Week 9

M 3/6   — Midterm project work

W 3/8 —  Due: Midterm project – in-class presentations (5 minutes each)

3/13-3/17: SPRING BREAK

 

Week 10 — Space and Networks

M 3/20

What happens when we spatialize literary data points?

Franco Moretti, “Network Theory, Plot Analysis” (D)

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): You’ve been working largely in a temporal mode so far, with Voyeur Tools and the Timeline charting the evolution word usage and discourses. Quote a small passage from Moretti to illustrate what you think to be a key difference with a spatial analysis of literature.

  • Initiators: Group C
  • Respondents: Group A
  • Moderators: Group B

W 3/22 — Lab: Intro to Gephi and network graphing

Week 11 — Mapping Fiction

M 3/27

James Joyce, “Araby”

W 3/29

James Joyce, “Clay” (D)

Due: Blog (1-2 paragraphs): What theme or plot similarities do you see in “Araby” and “Clay”? How are the protagonists’ walking routes significant to the stories’ meaning?

  • Initiators: Group A
  • Respondents: Group B
  • Moderators: Group C

Lab: Mapping “Araby” with Google Maps

Week 12        

M 4/3

Franco Moretti: “Maps” (D)

Lab: Finish remaining work on “Araby” maps; brief writeup.

W 4/5

Stephen Ramsay, “In Praise of Pattern” (D)

Lab: Final project work as time allows

Week 13

M 4/10 — Walter Benjamin: “Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction” (D)

W 4/12 — Jorge Luis Borges, “The Library of Babel” (D)

Week 14

M 4/17 — Final project presentations

W 4/19 — Final project presentations

Week 15

M 4/24 — Final project presentations