Sample Course Offerings - Textual Studies & Digital Humanities
ENGL 413: Textual Criticism - Dr. Peter Shillingsburg
This course is intended to promote understanding of the practical and theoretical underpinnings of scholarly editing and textual criticism, providing students with the whys and wherefores of textuality involved in composition, revision, publishing, distribution, consumption and interpretation of (literary) texts. These will be studied in a wide variety of contexts, with a view toward understanding the status, functions, and uses of scholarly editions (in print and electronic), developing abilities to perform literary criticism informed by textual criticism, and an understanding of procedures for the production of scholarly editions
ENGL 413: Textual Criticism: Shakespeare - Dr. Suzanne Gossett
The major objective of this course is to introduce graduate students to the methods and applications of textual criticism, focusing on the works of Shakespeare. Because Shakespeare has traditionally been treated as the most important English author and because dramatic works pose particular textual problems, since the eighteenth century much of the significant practical and theoretical textual scholarship in English has been devoted to his works. This course will give students the necessary grounding in traditional methods of textual scholarship (including various types of bibliography) as well as an introduction to new methodologies (e.g. book history) and to major contemporary controversies.
ENGL 415: Media and Culture- Dr. Steven Jones
This seminar will explore the relationship between new-media culture and the field of digital humanities--the use of computers in humanities research across multiple disciplines. We’ll look at the effects of digital forms of culture, social networking, virtual worlds, video games, and data processing on the theory and practice of textual studies and book history. We’ll also outline new interdisciplinary areas of study--such as game studies, platform studies, and media forensics--that are at the heart of digital humanities research.
ENGL 424: Cultural Studies: Networked Public Culture - Dr. Paul Jay
The central focus of this course will be on the emergence of networked public culture. The term "networked public culture" refers to the contemporary emergence of cultural forms produced online digitally through the peer-to-peer sharing and appropriation of visual, musical, and textual materials. We'll begin by reading some classic texts in the history of cultural studies in the west (Horkheimer and Adorno, Benjamin, and Raymond Williams), and move on to more recent work. We'll spend the rest of the semester studying visual, musical, and textual materials characteristic of networked public cultures, along with some critical and theoretical texts dealing with these new cultural forms.