Course Instructor Days Times Room
ENGL4888 STEGER, SARA TR 9::3 AM 0149

Description

The second semester in the sequence of Digital Humanities classes goes beyond an introduction to the field to challenge students to engage with the ways that thinking about texts as "data" changes, enhances, and complicates humanistic enquiry.

While the Introduction to Humanities Computing (ENGL 4885/6885) introduced students to the basic methodologies, tools, and skills that scholars in the digital humanities employ in their research, this course is designed to offer more comprehensive instruction and practice with some of these methodologies. Students will work both in and out of class on a series of projects designed to give them hands-on and in-depth experience with electronic text creation and markup. We also will explore computational text analysis. In addition to practical skills, we will spend some time reading about and considering some of the more prescient debates in digital humanities, including how the field-in-creation continues to define and redefine itself.

While there is no pre-requisite for this course, students must have strong technical and computational skills. Students will need to either be familiar with the basics of markup or be willing to do some independent study beginning to learn these basics.  If you have questions, please contact me.  

Assignments

The course assignments are still under development, but we will be forming partnerships with other institutions and with our special collections library to work on projects to include:

  • developing a professional (personal) webpage
  • creating a digital archive of materials from the Special Collections library through Omeka 
  • working with the Digital Thoreau project on diplomatic encoding and XSLT transformations of manuscripts of Walden
  • partnering with a digital archival project to produce Text Encoding Initiative (TEI) standard markup 
  • a mapping (GIS) project
  • perform basic text analysis (word frequency, collocations) and visualizations of a text