Spring 2014 Syllabus

Literature and Literary Study in the Digital Age

Paul Schacht, SUNY Geneseo

Warning: This syllabus may evolve, especially if opportunities arise for conversation or collaboration with outside individuals or groups.

Learning Outcomes

Individual learning outcomes

Individuals who have completed Engl 340 will be able to:

Community learning outcomes

The Engl 340-01 (Spring 2014) community will be able to:

Office Hours

I'm available at a variety of times each week Monday through Thursday. Just book an appointment with me and let me know what you'd like to talk about.

Texts and Tools

The only texts you're required to purchase for this course are Walden, by Henry David Thoreau, and Here Comes Everybody, by Clay Shirky.

Editions of Walden:

You can read any edition you like. Here are some to consider. I strongly recommend that  you own both a print and an electronic version.

Digital humanities is all about tools. You don't need to buy any special software for this course, but you'll need a working laptop computer, and you'll need to open some accounts with free services such as Twitter and Zotero. You'll also need a software application for writing HTML and XML code. Two excellent, free tools are TextWrangler (for Mac) and Notepad++ (for Windows).

Requirements

Digital humanities is project-oriented and highly collaborative. That goes with the heavy reliance on tools. Consequently, some of the work you'll do for this course will require teamwork, and all of it will be in the open, where your fellow classmates — and the rest of the world, for that matter — can see it.

Reading - assigned works but also anything I post to the blog, including reading material that I link to.

Assignments for the course (and their percentage of your grade) are as follows:

Schedule

Note: Some links are to pdfs shared under the fair use provision of copyright law. You'll be prompted to enter your Geneseo username — the part of your email address before "@geneseo.edu" — and password. I've also put these readings in a shared Google docs folder that is visible only to class members.

January 22: Build

Wednesday

In class


January 27-29: Research

Monday

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


February 3-5: Read Deliberatively

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


February 10-12: Read Deliberatively

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


February 17-19: Read Deliberatively

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


February 24-26: Code

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

In class


March 3-5: Code

Monday

In class

Wednesday

In class


March 10-12: Read Distantly

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


March 17-21

Spring Break


March 24-26: Network

Monday

Before class

Wednesday

In class

March 31-April 2: Scale Up

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


April 7-9: Rip-Mix-Burn

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


April 14-16: Make Stuff Happen

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


April 21-23: Explore

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


April 28-30: Panic

Monday

Before class

In class

Wednesday

Before class

In class


May 5

Monday


May 14, 8 am - 11 am