ENGL 7370 Introduction to Digital Humanities

Course Schedule

Visualization from [Dear Data](http://www.dear-data.com/) project

Schedule Notes

All readings are available online, some through direct links and some in our class Leganto list. If there’s not a direct link in the schedule below, check Leganto to see if the reading is there. You will need to log in to Leganto using your NU credentials.

On Readings:

Each week there are readings listed under Core and Penumbra. The core readings are just that: central to the week’s discussion and lab. Everyone should read these closely and prepare to discuss them. The penumbral readings include some of the many brilliant pertinent readings I could not require because time is, sadly, finite. If at all possible, I encourage you to choose one of the penumbral readings each week, based on your own interests, to read closely and be prepared to discuss in class.

In the week you lead class you should prepare all of the core and penumbral readings, and if you choose to dig into one of these topics for an assignment the penumbral readings are the first place you might turn to begin expanding your thinking.

Week 1 | September 9 | Hello DH World

Core Readings:

To begin understanding the field, we’ll review the editor(s)’s introductions to the Debates in the Digital Humanities anthologies, published between 2012-2019:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 1: Version control

Week 2 | September 16 | Search Histories

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

  • Louis T. Milic, “The Next Step,” from Computers and the Humanities 1.1. (1966)
  • Rosanne G. Potter, “Literary Criticism and Literary Computing: The Difficulties of a Synthesis” from Computers and the Humanities (1988)
  • Yohei Igarashi, “Statistical Analysis at the Birth of Close Reading” from New Literary History (2015)
  • Roopika Risam, “Beyond the Margins: Intersectionality and the Digital Humanities”, DHQ (2015)

Lab 2: A domain of your own

Week 3 | September 23 | Data Basis

Guest: Lauren Klein

Discussion Leader: Nicole

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 3: Data and Metadata

Week 4 | September 30 | A tinu prdolem6

Discussion Leader: Ben

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings

Lab 4: Cleaning data

Week 5 | October 7 | Algorithm Nation

Discussion Leader: Taryn

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

  • Stephen Ramsay, “An Algorithmic Criticism” and “Potential Readings” from Reading Machines: Toward an Algorithmic Criticism (2011)
  • Choose 2 pieces (they’re all short) from the Debates in the Digital Humanities 2016 forum, “Text Analysis at Scale”
  • Annette Vee, “Introduction: Computer Programming as Literacy” from Coding Literacy: How Computer Programming is Changing Writing (2018)
  • Taylor Arnold and Lauren Tilton, “New Data? The Role of Statistics in DH,” in Debates in the Digital Humanities 2019

Lab 5: Text as data I

Week 6 | October 14 | Text Messages

Discussion Leader: Julianna

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

  • Michael Whitmore, “Text: A Massively Addressable Object,” from Debates in the Digital Humanities (2012)
  • Anna Lowenhaupt Tsing, “On Nonscalability: The Living World Is Not Amenable to Precision-Nested Scales,” Common Knowledge 18.3 (2012)
  • Denis Tenen, “Computational Poetics: An Introduction” and “Metaphor Machines” from Plain Text: The Poetics of Computation (2018)
  • Michael Gavin, “Is There a Text in My Data?”, Cultural Analytics (2019)

Lab 6: Text as data II

Week 7 | October 21 | Do You Visualize?

Discussion Leader: Giorgia

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 7: Data visualization

Week 8 | October 28 | Next: Top Models

Discussion Leader: Emily

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 8: Machine learning

Week 9 | November 4 | Mental Health Reschedule

Week 10 | November 11 | No Class — Veteran’s Day

Week 11 | November 18 | Proceed with Care

Secret Special Visitors

Discussion Leader: Shannon and Joseph

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 9: Collaborative choice I

Thanksgiving Break

Week 12 | December 2 | Chosen by class

Discussion Leader: Kaitlin, Zach, Michael

Core Readings:

Penumbral Readings:

Lab 11: Collaborative choice II

Week 13 | December 9 | Final Project Discussion/Presentation

Project Proposals DUE - Thursday, December 17th