This syllabus may change as the term progresses, based on our specific needs as a class.

Date Reading Due Projects Due
Jan 17 Have read half of Frankenstein; have read “Introduction” and “Teaching Graduate Students” from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom. Have read “Blogging” from Digital Pedagogy in the Humanities:

Online resources

In-Class: Interacting with our blog.

Jan 24 Have read the remainder of Frankenstein; have read “Overcoming Resistance” and “Finding, Evaluating and Creating Digital Resources” from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom.

Locating authoritative texts and other resources online.

Online resources:

Blog Post 1: Digital Editions
Jan 31 Introductory exercises with Frankenstein. Read “Designing Classroom Activities” from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom.

Onnline resources:

  1. Wordle:
  2. Google nGram:
  3. Juxta:
  4. Web projects/exhibitions from week 1
Blog Post 2: Some ideas for engaging Frankenstein with purpose
Feb 7 Graphing Frankenstein. Adding complexity. Have read Mandell, “How to Read a Literary Visualization” ( and Moretti, “Graphs” (from Graphs, Maps, Trees). Have browsed thoroughly through Voyant Tools.

Online resources:

  1. Sample corpora to work with: 
  2. Steps in digital research:
  3. Preparing data:
  4. Voyant Tools:
Blog Post 3: An idea for visualizing (some part of) Frankenstein, with reference to Mandell or Moretti
Feb 14 Mapping Frankenstein. Have read Moretti, “Maps” (from Graphs, Maps, Trees). Have read through Timeline JS website thoroughly. Have watched the video below on creating a map with google my maps, and try your hand at it (note: You need a PERSONAL gmail account for this–MU doesn’t have the feature enabled, so be sure you have your own gmail account.)

Online resources:

  1. Timeline JS: 
  2. Google My Maps:
  3. Mindmapping tools:

In class show/tell: Ben Pauley’s timeline of English studies
In class activity: Collaborative map of Frankenstein

Blog Post 4: An idea for mapping (some part of) Frankenstein, with reference to Moretti


Feb 21 Word Processing; have read Matt Kirschenbaum’s overview of the history of word processing at The Paris Review ( and this NYT review Track Changes (

Online resources:

  1. Bare-bones text editors: (read/choose one to explore!)
  2. Microsoft Word (can download the trial version if you don’t have it!)
  3. Google Docs 
  4. Scrivener (download the trial!)
  5. Wikipedia: (take the tutorial, get an account, explore!)
Blog Post 5: Word processing use/experimentation self-reflection. What works best/for what purpose in each?


Feb 28 Have read “Creating Digital Assignments” and “Evaluating Student Work” from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom. Have browsed through texts and journals below; have read one essay (or a small collection of brief essays) of your choice, and present informally on it today. See handout for full details.

Online resources for literature/theory:

  1. Stanford Lit Lab Pamphlets:
  2. Companion to Digital Literary Studies:
  3. Debates in Digital Humanities (2012 and 2016 editions):

Online resources for composition/pedagogy:

  1. Hybrid Pedagogy:
  2. [need to be logged in via Marymount library] Computers and Composition:

In class: Discuss final project proposal.

Blog Post 6. Informal Presentation 1. What are the contours and the stakes of a topic in DH?
Mar 7 Tool or Assignment Presentation Finish your formal presentation. Begin working on your proposal for your final project.
Mar 14 Spring Break. Plan your final project. Prepare your corpus. Submit your proposal to the SRC. Identify your text/s for final project. Gather your text/s, organize and refine them. Prepare your proposal. By March 20: Submit to the Student Research Conference.
Mar 21 Informal presentation on your project plan. Research. Blog Post 7: Final project proposal. How and why you prepared your corpus/text/s. Informal presentation 2.
Mar 28 Conference on final project.
Apr 4 Have read “Connecting to Your Research,” “Ensuring Accessibility,” “Designing Syllabi,” and from Using Digital Humanities in the Classroom. WIP Presentations. Blog Post 9. Where are you with your project? How might you adapt this for the classroom? What is your “so what”?
Apr 11 Workshopping. Preparing your SRC presentation. Blog Post 10. Outline + thesis
Apr 18 Workshopping the final project. Draft of final project due for workshop. Bring enough copies for everyone of the specific section you want us to workshop. Let me know if you need help with copies.
Apr 25 Student Research Conference: Present/attend
May 2 Workshopping. Bring hard copies of your draft for everyone. Blog Post 11. Reflection on the SRC.
Conference 2 on revised draft. Bring hard copies for everyone
Final Exam Period Final Paper/Project Due; Formal presentation 2. Submit to Canvas AND in hard copy.