ENG 4816: Introduction to Digital Humanities
Fall 2012 Course Syllabus

Weekly Schedule of Readings and Exercises


Class Details

Meeting: Tuesdays & Thursdays Room: Williams 317
Time: 3.35-4.50 PM
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Instructor: David L. Gants Office: Williams 316
Telephone: 6I7-379-O987 (Skype) E-mail: dgants(at)fsu.edu
Office Hours: Wednesdays and Thursdays 9.00-10.30 AM or by arrangement

Course Overview

Course Goals. “Any sufficiently advanced technology is indistinguishable from magic” (Arthur C. Clarke). This course aims to give students a thorough grounding in the magical machines and ideas that together form the discipline now known as Digital Humanities. Employing a pedagogical stance that stresses the fundamental relationship between the technological and methodological, it will explore how the various discrete elements of digital humanist studies both expand and constrain ways of understanding language, literature, and cultural objects in digital form. In the Technological tranche of the course, we will examine: how computers work, including machines, operating systems, and file structures; how the Internet works: including networking and servers; basic building blocks such as text mark-up, databases, computer languages, and multi-media objects. The Methodological tranche will cover: text analysis and visualization, hypertext, stylistics, narrative analysis, electronic editing and publishing, social media, linguistics, digital media such as audio, film, virtual reality, and gaming, and tools such as social networking, file sharing, collaborative authoring, virtual reality, micro-publishing, and Internet broadcasting.

Note: Since a substantial portion of your work will involve creating and developing Web materials, it is highly advisable that you have a personal computer, preferably a laptop. You are encouraged to bring laptops to class.

Course Requirements.

Primary Texts.We will use two books for this course:

Additional readings will be in the Blackboard Course Library or available on the Web.

Course Policies.