Loyola University Chicago

Department of English

Textual Studies & Digital Humanities Sample Courses


ENGL 413: Textual Criticism - Dr. Paul Eggert

  • This course provides an introduction to some of the forms and specialized skills of literary scholarship: the use of literary archives, aspects of physical bibliography and the production of books, and methodologies of scholarly editing, both print and digital, together with the theories that lie behind them. The course then investigates textual criticism (the study of versions) for its relevance to the interpretation of literature. Here, the history of the book and the role of readerships come into play as concepts of authorship, authority, authenticity, text, and the work are explored.

ENGL 413: Textual Criticism - Dr. James Knapp

  • This course will explore the theory and practice of textual criticism through the example of early modern drama.  Focusing of what it means to establish a scholarly “text,” we will study competing rationales for the basis of textual authority, the range of material evidence available to the textual scholar, and new challenges raised by the prospect of digital texts and the preparation of digital editions.  The course will cover a broad range of work done under the umbrella of “textual studies”—from descriptive bibliography to book history and electronic publishing.  The primary aim of the course is to convey the importance of textual scholarship to the interpretation of literary texts. The workload for the course will include readings in textual and editorial theory and criticism as well as hands on project-based work with texts.  For the term project students will be asked to demonstrate how a textual approach to a particular work can resolve or complicate a critical interpretive problem.

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.