Outline of Meetings

Although it is subject to change, below is the course outline as of Meeting 1. Please note that the prompts for each assignment are (or will be) provided on the index page of the course website.

January 5th (Meeting 1)

No Required Readings

No Lecture or Workshop

Seminar Discussion: What do you expect (or need) from this seminar? What do you want to do?

January 12th (Meeting 2) – Course Overview

Required Reading: (1) Turkel, “How-To,” and (2) Sayers and Dietrich, “Authoring and Publishing with Scalar: Some Considerations for Context-Sensitive Design” (distributed by email)

Optional Reading: (1) Kirschenbaum, “What is Digital Humanities and What Is It Doing in English Departments?”, (2) Bogost, “Getting Real,” (3) McPherson, “Media Studies and the Digital Humanities,” (4) Rommel, “Literary Studies,” and (5) W3C (CSS, RDF, and HTML, in particular)

Log Due: Workflow (text only, 500-1000 words)

Workshop: The Anatomy of the Scalar Platform and How to Use It

Lecture: “What’s Wrong with Digital Humanities?”

Seminar Discussion: What questions do you have about Scalar? What didn’t we cover that you think it can or should do?

January 19th (Meeting 3) – Modeling & Metadata

Required Reading: (1) McCarty, “Knowing…: Modeling in Literary Studies,” and (2) McGann, “Marking Texts of Many Dimensions”

Optional Reading: (1) Besser, “The Past, Present, and Future of Digital Libraries,” (2) Drucker, SpecLab, (3) the Text Encoding Initiative, (4) Meloni, “Working with APIs,” (also: Part 23, & 4), (5) Brown, et al., “Going Electronic,” (6) Galey and Reucker, “How a Prototype Argues,” and (7) McGann, “Texts in N-Dimensions and Interpretation in a New Key”

Log Due: Workflow in Action (screencast with vocal track, or 500-1000 words with screenshots)

Workshop: Modeling Collaboration and Inquiry in Scalar: Paths, Dublin Core, and the Resource Description Framework

Lecture: “Toward a Speculative Humanities”

Seminar Discussion: What to consider when authoring in collaborative, networked environments?

January 26th (Meeting 4) – The Materiality of Electronic Writing

Required Reading: (1) Kirschenbaum et al., “Digital Materiality: Preserving Access to Computers as Complete Environments,” (2) Hayles, “Electronic Literature: What Is It?”, and (3) Wendy Chun, “The Enduring Ephemeral, or the Future Is a Memory”

Optional Reading: (1) Kirschenbaum, Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination, (2) Wendy Chun, Programmed Visions: Software and Memory, (3) Hayles, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary, (4) Willett, “Electronic Texts: Audiences and Purposes,” (5) Open3DP, (6) Loftus, “The Author’s Desktop,” and (7) Sayers, “Every Click Leaves a Trace: Literature in an Age of Attention Accumulation” (distributed by email)

Log Due: Metadata (screencast with vocal track, or 500-1000 words with screenshots)

Workshop: Emulating and Exhibiting Contexts: Mini vMac, Omeka, and the Deena Larsen Collection

Lecture 1: “Three Histories of Writing Today: Digital? Electronic? Or the Interface?”

Lecture 2: “What to Do with Uncle Buddy?”

Seminar Discussion: In the case of electronic writing, what are the differences between storage, memory, and inscription? Why should we care?

February 2nd (Meeting 5) – Distant Reading and NeoGeo

Required Reading: (1) Moretti, “Conjectures on World Literature,” (2) Presner, et al.HyperCities, (3) Hillier, et al., Mapping Du Bois, and (4) Jenstad, et al., Map of Early Modern London

Optional Reading: (1) Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees, (2) Moretti, “Network Theory, Plot Analysis,” (3) Moretti, Atlas of the European Novel 1800-1900, (4) Guldi, “The Spatial Turn in Literature,” and (5) Scholars’ Lab, “Spatial Humanities: Step by Step,”

Log Due: Granulation (500-1000 words with screenshots, focusing on a work in the ELC, Vol. 1 or 2)

Workshop: Google Earth and Maps: A Model of or a Model for?

Lecture: “Close, Distant, and a Combination”

Seminar Discussion: What does distant reading imply about scholarly labor? How do we read with computers? To what effects?

February 9th (Meeting 6) – Data Visualization

Reading Due: (1) Jessop, “Digital Visualization as a Scholarly Activity,” (2) Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Graphical Display,” (3) Ramsay, “Algorithmic Criticism,” and (4) The Brown University Women Writers Project

Optional Reading: (1) D3: Data-Driven Documents, (2) TimeFlow: Analytical Timeline, (3) Many Eyes, (4) Manovich, “Cultural Analytics,” (5) Google Refine, (6) Mr. Data Converter, (7) Pajek, (8) McGhee, “Getting Started with Data Visualization,” (9) Junar, and (10) SIMILE.

Log Due: Map (embedded in Scalar, with a 250-word description)

Workshop: Experimenting with TAPoR

Lecture: “Do We Need ‘Data’ in Digital Literary Studies?”

Seminar Discussion 1: What should be the key components of visual literacy in digital literary studies?

Seminar Discussion 2: How’s the project going? What project are you reviewing? Share thoughts and progress.

* Note: You should have met with me during office hours or by appointment at least once by now.

February 16th (Reading Break)

February 23rd (Meeting 7) – Communicating Your Work

Optional Reading: Pecha Kucha 20×20

Log Due: Text Analysis (linked from or embedded in Scalar, with 250-word description)

Workshop 1: Drafting a Project Proposal and Needs Assessment

Workshop 2: How to Conduct Pecha Kucha Presentations

Lecture: “Common Elements of a Digital Humanities Project”

Seminar Discussion: Related to the production of a proof of concept, what are your concerns? What should we do on March 8th?

March 1st (Meeting 8) – Humanities Interaction and Interface Design

Required Reading: (1) Victor, “Magic Ink,” (2) Victor, “Explorable Explanations,” and (3) Bourriaud, from Relational Aesthetics (circulated in class)

Optional Reading: (1) Drucker, “Humanities Approaches to Interface Theory,” (2) Gibson, The Ecological Approach to Visual Perception, (3) Daniel, “The Database: An Aesthetics of Dignity,” (4) Daniel, “Hybrid Practices,” (5) Kaplan, Precision Targets, and (6) Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

Log Due: Review (750 − 1000 words, selected project needs to be approved before evaluation is submitted)

Workshop: Creating a Reactive Document with a JavaScript Library

Lecture: “Literature as Context Production”

Seminar Discussion: What should a “literary” interface do? How (if at all) should it differ from our more familiar (e.g., commercial) interfaces?

March 8th (Meeting 9) – Wild Card

Reading, Lecture, Workshop, and Seminar Discussion collectively determined by graduate students on February 23rd.

No Log Due

March 15th (Meeting 10) – Peer Review

Required Reading: (1) Fitzpatrick, “Peer Review” (from draft version of Planned Obsolescence), (2) Nowviskie, “Why, Oh Why, CC-BY” and “Where Credit Is Due,” and (3) MLA, “The Evaluation of Digital Work”

Optional Reading: CHNM, PressForward

Project Proposal Due (published in Scalar with links / embedded media as necessary)

Workshop: Peer Review of Proposals and Draft Materials

No Lecture

Seminar Discussion: Pecha Kucha Presentations

* Note: You should have met with me during office hours or by appointment at least twice by now.

March 22nd (Meeting 11) – Computational Culture Studies

Required Reading: (1) McPherson, “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White?, or, Thinking the Histories of Race and Computation,” (2) Ang and Pothen, “Between Promise and Practice: Web 2.0, Intercultural Dialogue and Digital Scholarship,” and (3) Liu, “Where Is Cultural Criticism in Digital Humanities?”

Optional Reading: (1) Latour, Science in Action, (2) Bowker and Star, Sorting Things Out, (3) Fuller, Software Studies: A Lexicon, (4) Nakamura, Digitizing Race, (5) Computational Culture 1.1, and (8) Bogost, “What Is Object-Oriented Ontology?”

No Log Due

No Workshop

Lecture: “Combining Theory with Practice in Digital Literary Studies”

Seminar Discussion: What are some challenges to combining theory and practice? What is the practice of culture in a digital age?

March 29th (Meeting 12) – The Future of the Book

Required Reading: (1) Sterling, “Eighteen Challenges in Contemporary Literature,” and (2) Phillips, A Humument

Optional Reading: (1) Jackson, Skin, (2) Danielewski, House of Leaves, (3) Danielewski, Only Revolutions, (4) Loyer, Strange Rain, (5) kindle.amazon.com, (6) Bogost, “Persuasive Games: Exploitationware,” (7) Barry, “Nuts and Bolts,” and (8) Institute of Network Cultures, The Unbound Book

Log Due: Assessment (500-1000 words, with duplicated content from peers’ logs)

Workshop: Releasing a Scalar Project into the Wild: Writing with the Cloud Crowd

Lecture: “The Book Unbound”

Seminar Discussion: Off You Go with a Manifesto (Inspired by Shannon Mattern)

April 5th (Meeting 13) – Final Presentations

Three Panels, 30 minutes (minimum) + 15 minutes Q&A each

April 19th – Final Project Due

[Image source: Screenshot of the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 2]

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