LCC 3843: Digital Humanities
TTh 12:05-1:25pm, Skiles 302
Office: Skiles 359
Office Hours: TTh 11:00am-noon, Skiles 359 (and by appointment)
Email: Lauren Klein (firstname.lastname@example.org)
This course begins with the basic premise that theoretical concepts can be engaged through method. To this end, we will explore the theories that underlie digital humanities scholarship—in particular, as they relate to literary studies—through the practice of three major sets of methods associated with this emerging field. The first set will explore the tools and techniques related to mapping and spatial visualization; the second will concern techniques for the visualization and quantitative analysis of texts; and the third will address the creation of digital editions and archives. With the knowledge of these methods, as well as their underlying theories, students will be able to conceive and implement their own digital projects for their future scholarly work.
Required and Recommended Texts
Available at both BN@GT and Engineer’s Bookstore:
- Matthew K. Gold, ed. Debates in the Digital Humanities (University of Minnesota Press, 2012) ISBN: 978-0816677955 (recommended)
- Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History (Verso, 2007) ISBN: 978-1844671854
- Vladimir Nabokov, Pale Fire (Vintage, 1989) ISBN: 978-0679723424
- Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (Harcourt-Mariner, 2005) ISBN: 978-0156030359
Additional readings to be posted on course website.
Because of the methodological orientation of the course, we will be reading a substantial amount of contemporary criticism, in addition to the short literary works that will serve as the basis for our digital scholarship. This criticism will include blog posts and working papers, as well as more conventional scholarly essays. Because these texts will inform our classroom discussions—and what you, in particular, have to contribute—it is absolutely essential that you stay on top of the reading assignments and complete them before the start of each class. Reading assignments are assessed through classroom participation.
Throughout the semester, you will be asked to participate on the class blog, both formally (in the form of structured online assignments) and informally (in the form of comments, links, etc.). The written assignments are designed to allow you to process the reading (or other objects of study) and/or generate new ideas in an open, collaborative setting. Please take advantage of this opportunity and complete each written assignment on time.
- Unless otherwise indicated, online assignments must be posted by midnight on the night before the class meeting.
You will be completing three small digital projects in addition to the final project (described below). These projects will be conducted in groups, and are due as specified on the schedule. You will be evaluated not by technical expertise, but rather by how your project engages with the methods and theories that we will have discussed.
In lieu of an exam or a research paper, you will be completing a final project, to be conducted in groups. The project will be a proof of concept for a line of digital humanities inquiry—that is, a visible demonstration of the potential of that inquiry should it be fully realized. The proof of concept will be developed through a series of assignments, including an oral presentation, and will culminate in a collaboratively-authored blog post, website, or appropriate digital form, that demonstrates the rationale behind, and potential for, that inquiry.
Attendance, Punctuality, and Late/Skipped Assignments
You are allowed three excused absences. Beginning with the fourth absence, your overall course grade will be lowered by a full letter grade (e.g. A to B) for each unexcused absence. This means that if you miss more than six classes, you will fail the course.
Please be respectful to your fellow students and arrive on time. If you arrive more than 15 minutes late, you will be considered absent for that class. If you absolutely must miss a class meeting, please contact me at least 24 hours in advance in order to make alternate arrangements.
All assignments are mandatory. Should you submit an assignment after the due date, your grade for that assignment will decrease by a full letter grade for each day that it is late. Should you fail to submit an assignment entirely, you will receive an F on that assignment and, consequently, you will receive a lower grade for the course.
Your grade for the course will be calculated as follows:
- Class participation: 10%
- Online assignments: 20%
- Digital projects: 20% each (40% total)
- Final project: 30%
All assignments are graded on an A-F scale.
If you are curious about the criteria I employ when grading written assignments, please consult the following document, prepared by the Derek Bok Center for Teaching and Learning at Harvard University:
Plagiarism is an extremely serious offense. Any evidence of plagiarism will result zin an F on the assignment and possibly in the course, as well as potential disciplinary action. For more information, please refer to the definition of “academic misconduct” included in the Georgia Tech honor code, available online at:
If you are unsure as to what constitutes plagiarism, please contact me before submitting your assignment.
As of this past fall, the Georgia Tech communication center, CommLab, is now open for undergraduate (and graduate) use. At CommLab, professional and peer tutors are available to work with you to improve your writing skills. More information, including instructions for how to set up an appointment via the website, is available here:
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