Spring 2018 - ENGL 363 D100
Studies in Digital Humanities: Theory and Practice (4)
Class Number: 11201
Delivery Method: In Person
Course Times + Location:
Tu 1:30 PM – 5:20 PM
SWH 10051, Burnaby
Office: AQ 6107
Office Hours: 12-1pm T-Th
Prerequisites:Two 100 division English courses, and two 200 division English courses.
Focuses on the study and application of theories, methods, and tools in the field of digital humanities. Addresses questions of how digital literature and the digitization of texts, digital communication technologies, and computational methods reshape our understanding of literature and other media.
- How do books change when they move from print to digital format?
- How do digital tools and practices transform the way we access literary works?
- How might we use computers to help us read and understand literary content?
- Can computers help us identify and understand literary form?
- How do digital contexts shape the way we classify and criticize texts?
In this course we will explore pressing questions arising from the changing nature of literary studies in the digital age, especially those of quantity, distance, and scale. Using our weekly readings as a guide, we will discover and assess a range of tools and methods that can be applied in literary text analysis, visualization, and spatial mapping. We will also try out some of these tools ourselves in class. In this way, we will learn basic, practical skills and investigate new critical methods arising from the potential as well as the problems of digital literary studies. Our course readings will guide us through the broad spectrum of issues and debates that fall under the umbrella of digital humanities and related fields such as comparative media, new media, and critical digital studies.
No prior technical knowledge or experience is necessary.
- Seminar Preparation and participation 10%
- Critical Reading Responses (blog posts) 25%
- Digital Practice Lab Assignments 25%
- Course paper/web project (equivalent to 8-10 pages) 40%
A courseware pack of weekly readings will be made available electronically.
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