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A general introduction to the use of computers in humanistic study. Students will be exposed to the theoretical literature of humanistic computing and to several specific techniques popular among computing humanists. Students will also be expected to generate critical work and to complete a web-based project.

This course will survey the field of digital humanities, including its history and principles. Applications in digital humanities will be featured, so that students will be able to imagine and create a project themselves. Literary and linguistic topics will be covered including text analysis and corpora, and additional topics will receive treatment in line with the interests of students in the course. Visualizations will be a special focus. All students will be expected to create computer programs related to digital humanities: ARTI students' projects will be expected to show better programming, ENGL students' projects will be expected to show better humanities content. Each student will pursue a digital humanities topic of personal interest for a term project.

  1. Aug 14, 16, 18            M class intro; W LSD Intro, Basic technical discussion (bits, strings, etc);  F Perl 1.
  2. Aug 21, 23, 25           M CDH 1, Basic discussion of humanities (reading, language, etc); W LSD Liu; F Perl 2.
  3. Aug 28, 30 Sep 1      M AntConc; W AntConc; F Perl 3.
  4. Sep 4, 6, 8                  M no class; W CDH 5; F  Perl 4.
  5. Sep 11, 13, 15              M LSD Cooney et al; W CDH 11; F Hourly 1.
  6. Sep 18, 20, 22           no class this week.
  7. Sep 25, 27, 29            M LSD Hoover; W CDH 20; F Perl 5.
  8. Oct 2, 4, 6                  M CDH18; W CDH 16; F Perl 6, Paper 1.
  9. Oct 9, 11, 13               M LSD Sinclair et al; W CDH 17; F Perl 7.
  10. Oct 16, 18, 20            M LSD Kretzschmar; W CDH 14; F Hourly 2.
  11. Oct 23, 25, 27            M CDH 21; W CDH 26; F no class.
  12. Oct 30, Nov 1, 3        M LSD Schreibman; W  CDH 10, Paper 2.
  13. Nov 6, 8, 10               M LSD Flanders;  W CDH 34; F Perl 8.
  14. Nov 13, 15, 17            M CDH 31; W CDH 27; F  Perl 9, Prospectus due.
  15. Nov 20, 22, 24          no class this week, Thanksgiving.           
  16. Nov 27, 29, Dec 1      M CDH 29; W CDH 3; F Perl 10.                        
  17. Dec 4, 5(Fri sch)       M Review; T Hourly 3.                  
  18. Thursday, Dec. 7.     Term project due.

Lecture/discussion. We will discuss readings on M and W; on F, we will work on Perl programming. While ENGL 4885/6885 students need not have extensive experience with computer programming before the course, they must be willing to learn the terms, concepts, and techniques in use for such work. Quantitative techniques (i.e. statistics) will be discussed as needed, but students will not be required to run statistics on their data sets. There will be 3 hourly exams. There will be two short papers (5 pp.), and a prospectus (3-5 pp.) that proposes an idea for a major project due at the end of the term. The term project (= two hourly exams) may be a paper on a topic relevant to the course  (prepared according to standard practices for academic papers, and including appropriate use of the scholarly literature, c. 15 pp. for undergraduates, 20 pp. for graduate students), or a programming or multimedia project of equivalent complication with at least 5 pp. of documentation.


Grades will be the average of the exams, papers, and term paper (8 units).


Attendance is mandatory: you will be dropped from the course if you miss 4 classes before midterm.


A New Companion to Digital Humanities, 2nd ed.,  ed. Schreibman, Siemens, and Unsworth (Blackwell, 2016);  Literary Studies in the Digital Age, ed. Price and Siemens (MLA, 2013; available online; Schwartz, Foy, and Phoenix, Learning Perl, 7th ed. (O'Reilly, 2016).

Makeup Policy

By prior arrangement with the instructor.