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Schedule of Readings and Assignments for English 238 (Winter 2017)


This graduate course offered by Alan Liu in the UCSB English Department meets Winter 2017, Tuesdays, 12:30 to 3:00 pm, in the department's Transcriptions Center, South Hall 2509.


Class 1 (Jan. 10) — Digital Humanities, the Humanities, and the "Human"

          [Students are asked to do the readings for this class in advance of the course's first meeting]





Class 2 (Jan. 17) — State of the Field




  • Practicum: Getting Started in DH Course "practicums" are hands-on, small-scale exercises that ask students to experiment at a beginner's level with the tools of the digital humanities. The goal is not technical mastery but learning enough about the technologies to think about, and through, their concepts and also to discover which tools might be used in a student's future research.  In many cases, experience gained in the practicums will feed directly into discussion of conceptual issues in class. (See Assignments: Practicums).


Class 3 (Jan. 24) — Text Encoding




Class 4 (Jan. 31) — Text Analysis (1) - From Close Reading to Distant Reading




Class 5 (Feb. 7) — Text Analysis (2) - Topic Modeling





Class 6 (Feb. 14) — Social Network Analysis






Class 7 (Feb. 21) — Digital Humanities & the Spatial Imagination (Mapping)




Class 8 (Feb. 28) — Digital Humanities and the Temporal Imagination (Timelines, Archives, Media Archaeology)





Class 9 (Mar. 7) — Critical Infrastructure Studies



Class 10 (Mar. 14) — Student Presentations of Project Prospectuses


  • Other Assignment Due Student mock project prospectuses (description of assignment) should be online by this date (please place a post or link for your prospectus in the folder for Project Prospectus on the Student Work page for this course.  For effective presentations, students may want to create other online resources or slideshow presentations. 



John Unsworth, "What’s 'Digital Humanities' and How Did It Get Here?"


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