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Readings and Assignments for English 149 (Winter 2018)

The first eight classes of the course focus on selected readings designed to start students thinking about how contemporary "digital humanities" and "electronic literature" methods complement, alter, or challenge the way we study literature (for example, by contrast with the "close reading" methods that . These classes run in instructor-led discussion mode. From Class 9 on, the course enters its workshop mode where everything is geared toward the making of team projects. Some of workshop classes will also feature student presentations of their projects-in-progress; others will be pure "studio" or "lab" sessions giving team members a chance to work side by side in consultation with the instructor.


Solo assignment = Solo assignment  Team assignment = Team assignment


1. "Digital Humanities" and Literary Study: A Primer


Class 1 (W, Jan. 17) — Introduction

  • Introduction to the course and to "digital humanities" and "new media studies"
  • Course enrollment business


Class 2 (M, Jan. 22) — "Close" & "Distant" Reading

      For each class, please read the assigned texts & other works prior to class:

Course "practicums" are hands-on, small-scale exercises that ask students to experiment at a beginner's level with the tools of the digital humanities.  Each practicum should be completed before class, resulting in a "souvenir" of the exercise left on the Student Work site. (General instructions for practicums)


Class 3 (W, Jan. 24) — Text in the Digital Age

Special Assignment due in Class 3: Create your system for working with online readings. Because so many of the readings in this course are online, students are required to demonstrate in class during Class 3 that they have developed a workflow for annotating and saving copies of online materials according to one of the methods described in Guide to Downloading and Managing Online Readings. 


Class 4 (M, Jan. 29) — Computational Text Analysis



Team Assignment Teams to be formed in a special class meeting to be scheduled outside regular class hours during either the second or third week of the course. (See Assignments: Team Preparatory Tasks)


Class 5 (W, Jan. 31) — Computational Text Analysis (Topic Modeling)


Class 6 (M, Feb. 5) — Social Network Analysis & Mapping Analysis


Class 7 (W, Feb. 7) — Electronic Literature (E-Lit)


Class 8 (M, Feb. 12) — Electronic Literature (continued)

Team Assignment At least one team-meeting outside class by this date to begin brainstorming.  (See Assignments: Team Preparatory Tasks)


2. Project-Building


Class 9 (W, Feb. 14) — Project Planning Workshop

  • Team Assignment Workshops are in-class team collaboration sessions when students work on their projects while the instructor circulates among the teams to consult. In this first workshop, the instructors will consult with the project teams in preparation for the upcoming project idea presentations.  (See Assignments: Team Preparatory Tasks)

Solo Assignment Digital Analysis (Distant Reading) Assignment due. (See Assignments: Solo Assignments)  


* [No class February 19th (campus holiday).


Class 10 (W, Feb. 21) — Presentations of Project Ideas



Class 11 (M, Feb. 26) — Workshop (during workshop classes, teams collaborate together on their projects)

Solo Assignment E-Lit Creative Assignment due. (See Assignments: Solo Assignments)


Class 12 (W, Feb. 28) — Workshop


Class 13 (M, Mar. 5) — Workshop


Class 14 (W, Mar. 7) — Workshop


Class 15 (M, Mar. 12) — Workshop


Class 16 (W, Mar. 14) — Final Presentations [last class]

Team AssignmentFormal presentations of team projects (continued). (See Assignments: Team Final Tasks



































































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