Introduction to the Course and to Each Other
- Overview of course goals, policies, and schedule
- Following online scholarship using RSS and Twitter
- Writing collaboratively using Google Docs
- Blogging using WordPress
What Are the Digital Humanities?
- Matthew Kirschenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities and What’s it Doing in English Departments?”
- All six articles in the New York Times’ series, “Humanities 2.0”
- Bloomsburg University students’ “Digital Humanities Manifesto"
Career Services Day
Dr. Cordell will be out of town, but Career Services has asked to speak with the class on this day. A representative from Career Services will take attendance.
Text is Technology
Lab #2: Representational/Descriptive Markup
- Michael Wesch, “The Machine is Us/ing Us” and “Information R/evolution” (we'll watch these in class)
- Building a class bibliography using Zotero
- Representative vs. descriptive markup
From Scrolls to the Codex
Guest Lecture: Dr. Thomas Bolin, SNC Religious Studies Discipline
- Peter Stallybrass, from “Books and Scrolls: Navigating the Bible”
Lab #3: Project Planning (yes, already!)
Before class, watch:
- Stephen Ramsay, “Writing as Programming as Writing”
First Visit to the Center for Norbertine Studies
A discussion with Dr. William Hyland about possible subjects for final projects.
Lab #4: Descriptive Markup
We'll learn the basics of HTML and CSS with Miriam Posner, a postdoctoral fellow for Emory University's Digital Scholarship Commons.
- I've posted two videos worth watching as we start talking about the age of print
- Blake's printing process, described in Illuminated Printing
- William Blake, Songs of Innocence and Experience . Read the 1789 edition from the British Library. You should also experiment with the archive—compare pages from different editions, etc. Focus particularly on the following poems:
- both poems titled "Holy Thursday"
- both poems titled "The Chimney Sweeper"
- "The Lamb"
- "The Tyger"
Lab #4b: HTML/CSS continued
- Jerome McGann, “The Rationale of Hypertext"
C19 Print Culture
Guest Speaker: Wesley Raabe, Assistant Professor, Kent State University English Department
From Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin we'll discuss:
- Chapter 12
- Chapter 16
- Chapter 19 (to get to the chapter, click "editions" and then click "Selection from Harriet Beecher Stowe's Uncle Tom's Cabin"
Read Prof. Raabe's commentary on the chapters as well.
C19 Print Culture continued
Today we'll continue our discussion of Uncle Tom's Cabin. UTC wasn't just a print bestseller: it was the first bestseller in modern terms, with entire industries devoted to performing theatrical versions of the novel, creating products emblazoned with scenes from the novel, and so on. In preparation for today's class, browse through the Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture archive. Find one item or story from the novel's history in the American popular imagination that you find particularly interesting and be prepared to share it with the class.
Lab #5: Introduction to TEI (the Text Encoding Initiative)
- Kenneth Price, “Electronic Scholarly Editions” (DLS)
- Walt Whitman, from the Whitman Archive
- "Poem of Walt Whitman, an American" (you don't have to read every word of this poem, but you should read closely from the beginning of the poem to "I go with the team also" on page 21 and from the beginning of page 96 to the end of the poem.
- "BEAT! BEAT! DRUMS!"
- "O Captain! My Captain!"
Lab #5b: TEI Continued
The Past and Future of Reading
- Henry David Thoreau, Walden (chapters 1-3)
Lab #5c: Open Lab
The Past and Future of Reading continued
- National Endowment for the Arts, To Read or Not to Read Executive Summary
- Leah Price, “You Are What You Read”
- Nicolas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?”
- The Onion, “Nation Shudders at Large Block of Uninterrupted Text”
Lab #6: Introduction to Scholarly Archives
Guest speaker: George Williams, Assistant Professor of English, University of South Carolina Upstate
We'll begin experimenting with Omeka, a platform for building scholarly archives. Today we'll learn the difference between data and metadata and talk about how each contribute to humanistic inquiry.
The Past and Future of Attention continued
Lab #6b: Omeka continued
The Past and Future of Attention
- Clay Shirky, “Does the Internet Make You Smarter?”
- Clay Shirky, “It’s Not Information Overload, It’s Filter Failure”
- Cathy N. Davidson, "Now You See It: The Futue of Learning in a Digital Age" (you needn't watch the long introduction to Davidson's talk in the video. Davidson herself begins speaking around minute 16.
Lab #6c: Open Lab
- Social Media Report
Scholars in the field known as the “digital humanities” are, not surprisingly, active online. Many share their scholarship through blogs or social networking sites such as Twitter. In the Digital Humanities Compendium (which drives Digital Humanities Now), you will find lists of notable blogs and Twitter feeds. You must choose at least two blogs and at least four Twitter feeds to follow during our course. You should bring the insights you glean from these sources (insights into digital humanities theory and methodology, insights into a historical period, insights into the technologies of text) into our course discussions, and you should reference specific posts when composing your class blog entries. Midway through the semester you will compose a short (3-4 page), informal paper in which you describe how your chosen social media feeds have influenced your thinking about our course discussions.
- Thoreau, Walden, to the end
Guest Speaker: Jeffrey S. Cramer in Mulva Library 101
In a recent blog post, Jon wrote about the Cramer edition of Walden we're reading in class. Jeffrey Cramer found that blog post and commented that he'd be happy to chat with our class about the book or his edition of it. I invited him to beam into class and do just that! You can learn more about Jeffrey Cramer's work on his personal website. We'll meet for class in the Mulva Library Presentation Room (101).
Reprinting and Copyright
- Meredith McGill, from American Literature and the Culture of Reprinting (Read pages 8-20)
- Philip V. Allingham, “Nineteenth-Century British and American Copyright Law”
- Eric Faden, “A Fair(y) Use Tale”
Texts and Textuality
We'll be in the lab on this day, but the conversation will be more akin to a typical classroom day. Guest speaker Paul Fyfe, Assistant Professor of English at Florida State University (and @pfyfe on Twitter) will introduce us to textual analysis software and prepare us for this week's assignment.
- Michael Whitmore," Text: A Massively Addressable Object" and "The Ancestral Text"
- Daniel J. Cohen, “From Babel to Knowledge: Data Mining Large Digital Collections”
Lab #8: Not Reading a Victorian Novel
This lab is scheduled on a day that's normally a classroom day. Prof. Cordell will be out of town on this day, so this will be a virtual lab. Check the blog for the assignment details.
Note: the idea for this assignment was stolen from my colleague Paul Fyfe, of Florida State University. He describes the assignment in "How Not to Read a Victorian Novel," Journal of Victorian Culture 16, no. 1 (April 2011).
Lab #8b: Textual Analysis continued
No Class: Dr. Cordell will be out of town
Guest Speaker: Adeline Koh
- Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees
Lab #8c: Open Lab
If you had trouble with last week's assignment, come visit the lab today.
Panel on St. Willebrord Parish
In Ft. Howard Theater
- Collaborative Evaluation Paper
IV. Collaborative Evaluation PaperThis assignment was designed collaboratively and/or in tandem by Brian Croxall and Dr. Cordell. The inspiration came from Dr. Cordell's proposed DH syllabus. Most of the current language and arrangement is Dr. Croxall's (since he’s teaching first). All criticisms should be directed at him.
For this assignment you will work with a partner to investigate an important digital humanities project and present it to our class. In a three- to four-page, collaboratively written paper, you will consider the project’s methodologies, innovations, interpretive power, and design. You will then give a joint, 3-minute-20-second presentation to help the class understand the projects’ contributions both to its discipline (e.g. literature, history, philosophy) and to the interdisciplinary field of the digital humanities.
You may choose to work on one of the following projects. However, only one group will be able to work on a particular project. Please use this spreadsheet to sign up for your project.
Possible Projects to evaluate:
- African Origins http://www.african-origins.org/
- Civil War Washington http://civilwardc.org/
- Envisaging the West, http://jeffersonswest.unl.edu/
- For Better for Verse, http://prosody.lib.virginia.edu/
- Global Shakespeares, http://globalshakespeares.org/
- Heart of Rachel, http://www.stanford.edu/dept/english/cgi-bin/humComp/2005Gp1/
- History Engine, http://historyengine.richmond.edu/
- Interactive Nolli Map, http://nolli.uoregon.edu/
- In Transition: Selected Poems by the Baroness Elsa von Freytag-Loringhovern, http://www.lib.umd.edu/digital/transition
- Looking for Whitman, http://lookingforwhitman.org/
- The Map of Early Modern London, http://mapoflondon.uvic.ca/
- Mapping the Republic of Letters, https://republicofletters.stanford.edu/
- Melville's Marginalia Online, http://melvillesmarginalia.org/
- The Mind is a Metaphor http://metaphors.lib.virginia.edu/
- NINES, http://www.nines.org/
- On the Origin of Species: The Preservation of Favoured Traces, http://benfry.com/traces/
- Perseus Digital Library, http://www.perseus.tufts.edu/hopper/
- Preserving Virtual Worlds, http://pvw.illinois.edu/pvw/
- Railroads and the Making of Modern America, http://railroads.unl.edu/
- Rossetti Archive, http://www.rossettiarchive.org/
- The Sonneteer, http://cocoon.lis.illinois.edu:8080/lis590dpl/wapiez/Sonneteer/
- September 11 Digital Archive http://911digitalarchive.org/
- Shakespeare Quartos Archive, http://www.quartos.org/
- Speech Accent Archive, http://accent.gmu.edu/
- Transcribe Bentham, http://www.ucl.ac.uk/transcribe-bentham/
- Valley of the Shadow, http://valley.lib.virginia.edu/
- Voyages, http://www.slavevoyages.org/tast/index.faces
- What are the project’s strengths and weaknesses?
- In John Unsworth’s talk, “Scholarly Primitives,” Unsworth argues that all scholarship makes use of the same basic tools, such as discovering, annotating, and comparing. In what way does your project meet or fail to meet these basic scholarly needs?
- What assumptions have been made in designing the project? (What are their sources? How is the site designed? etc.)
- What is the project’s primary audience? Is it addressed to other researchers, students, or both?
- How easy is it to use the site / tool?
- The big one: what does this project contribute to the larger body of knowledge in its disciplinary field? In the interdisciplinary field of digital humanities?
PresentationYou and your partner will prepare a short presentation about your project. Since you chose the project, it will already be something that is interesting to you, and that should make for some interesting presentations. But just to be sure things stay interesting, here are some rules.
- You will have exactly 3 minutes and 20 seconds.
- Your presentation will use PowerPoint, but you’ll be restricted to 10 slides. No more, no less. (It’s a half-Pecha Kucha!)
- Your presentation must also follow the 1/1/5 rule. That is, you must have at least one image per slide, you can use each exact image only once, and you should add no more than five words per slide.
- You can find images by searching Flickr for Creative-Commons licensed pictures.
- You must both present for approximately half the presentation. I won’t be timing this with a stopwatch, but you should generally each share half of the burden.
The Dynamo and the Virgin
- You might begin with the Wikipedia entry for The Education of Henry Adams, which will give you some context for the larger book in which the famous chapter below appears.
- Henry Adams, "The Dynamo and the Virgin”
- Kittler, "Gramophone, Film, Typewriter"
Digital Projects Omnibus #1
Today we'll here from:
- Matt Evans, Trevor Powell, and Brian Anhalt; Interactive Nolli Map
- Meg Domnick and Calli Nonnemacher, The Valley of the Shadow
- Alisha Petrouske and Laura Alderson, Transcribe Bentham
- Maria Dzurik and Jo Krogh, Preserving Virtual Worlds
- Jaclyn Schreiner and Justin Nagode, The History Engine
Lab #9a: Hypercities
Guest lecturer, David Shepherd, UCLA English
Digital Projects Omnibus #2
Today we'll hear from:
- Todd Winkelbauer and Kelly Levenhagen, Civil War Washington
- Zhaniya Sauranbayeva and Sergei Bilokhatniuk, The Mind is a Metaphor
- Brandon Van Pay and Caesar Cai, September 11 Digital Archive
- Jon DesChane and Jeff Lajeunesse, NINES
- Aaron Day and Jerome Palliser, Map of Early Modern London
- Erin Worzalla and Marissa Ryan, On the Origin of Species
No Class: Dr. Cordell will be out of town
Modern Technology, Modernist Texts
- T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land, including Pound’s annotations
- Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction”
- Marshall McLuhan, "The Medium is the Message"
Hypertext before hypertext
- Van Hulle, "Hypertext and Avant-texte in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature" (DLS)
- also bring T. S. Eliot, The Waste Land
The Virtual Codex
"Born Digital" Literature
- Carolyn Guertin, "Handholding, Remixing, and the Instant Replay: New Narratives in a Postnarrative World" (DLS)
- browse the Electronic Literature Collection, volume 2 and find at least one work you would like to discuss with the class. Be prepared to talk in detail about why you find it interesting.