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Spring 2017-2018
* ENG 363 (LA)   Graded A-F, P/D/F, Audit

Virtual Victorians

Meredith A. Martin

Are you reading this on a screen? Technology changes how we read, but that has always been the case. In the 19th century, print technology changed the way readers experienced texts; today, technology lets us access 19th-century texts in new ways. How do digital projects reimagine literature as data and metadata? How do we decide what to preserve? We'll explore the print culture of the 19th century, learn techniques of close and distant reading, and think about how people and computers are taught to read poems. No prior experience with digital humanities tools or poetry required.

Sample reading list:
Elizabeth Barrett Browning,
Felicia Hemans, Records of Woman
Orlando Project,
Women Writers Project,
Christina Rossetti,
Ryan Cordell and Dave Smith,

Reading/Writing assignments:
All reading material will be available online; we will use the HathiTrust Digital Library and Rare Books and Special Collections to access historical materials. Between 20-100 pages of reading per week (average 30pp). 3-5 very short writing assignments, one research project, one midterm project.

Paper in Lieu of Mid Term - 15%
Paper in lieu of Final - 20%
Papers - 25%
Oral Presentation(s) - 20%
Class/Precept Participation - 10%
Other (See Instructor) - 10%

Other information:
Students will need to bring a laptop to class. If students need to borrow a laptop, that can be arranged. This course is co-taught through the Collaborative Teaching Initiative by Prof. Martin and graduate student Miranda Marraccini.

Schedule/Classroom assignment:

Class numberSectionTimeDaysRoomEnrollmentStatus
43384 S01 11:00:00 am - 12:20:00 pm M W   McCosh Hall   24   Enrolled:8 Limit:20