Digital technology has reshaped the humanities. The traditional theories and methods that underwrote the study of literature, history, and philosophy in the 20th century are now being supplemented with new techniques and tools. While this class will give a sense of the breadth of theoretical writings that have defined digital humanities (DH), we will imagine how current debates in DH share similarities to a longer history of philosophy, literature, and technology.
Intended for students unfamiliar with digital humanities, this course surveys an array of tools, techniques, and cultures related to the field. We will be reading a survey of literature that emerged alongside computing and digital humanities properly.
There is no assumption that you will possess any particular computational expertise. I will expect that you have proficiency with at least one computer operating system. Beyond that the only technical requirement is that you are curious and willing to work diligently to solve technical problems.
Our research practice will emphasize using software and online tools. We will, in other words, hack as much as we yak. Therefore, our cultural critique of technology and literature will stem from our independent mobilizations of online tools, web development, and data visualizations. While we will all have a shared theoretical and methodological knowledge that will be established during our class lecture and lab time, we will each work to develop a refined understanding of a particular set of tools and mobilize them in academic research. This course will challenge you to experiment with new techniques, and students who are resourceful, creative, and energetic will find this course an ideal forum to test their curiosity and inquisitiveness.Next Page: Previous Page: