In this course, students will explore and evaluate a range of technologies that impact writing pedagogy, literary analysis, and how knowledge is shared with others. Students will analyze key theories and debates about the promise and dangers of using technology in college English pedagogy and scholarship. This course combines theoretical foundations with practical application. (3)
This course will also, in many ways, function as an “introduction” to some of the aspects of what is called “the digital humanities,” or–loosely–digital approaches to humanistic inquiry. We will be focusing our initial analyses on the 1818 edition of Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein, published this year 200 years ago. However, you will have the opportunity to develop your own project based on your own data set and goals–you can consider pedagogical issues or develop a course syllabus/assignment sequence; you can take an analytical or interpretive approach to your chosen data; you can consider DH theoretically or methodologically. We will work throughout the term with a variety of freely-available tools and resources. Other assignments are detailed in the assignments page and subpages.