What does it mean to be at home? How does it feel to lose one's home?
And how do ideas of home and homelessness shape our sense of self or security? This course builds on these questions to look at a collection of literary works that focus explicitly on the idea of home in American culture. We'll study different kinds of texts–a graphic novel, a memoir, short stories of haunted houses, among others–to help us think through concepts of home and homelessness as they intersect with class, race, ability and disability, and citizenship. At the same time, we'll learn how to use digital culture to analyze the texts we study. Through the experience of building maps, learning how to use data and databases, creating network visualizations from twitter feeds, and showcasing work on digital publishing platforms, this course will provide opportunities to learn how to use and evaluate digital tools' ability to make or study ideas of home. This class satisfies a General Education Arts and Letters Group Requirement. It is a required course in the DH minor and serves as a prerequisite for English 470: Technologies and Texts Capstone.
Arts & Letters (A&L) courses create meaningful opportunities for students to engage actively in the modes of inquiry that define a discipline. Courses are broad in scope and demonstrably liberal in nature (that is, courses that promote open inquiry from a variety of perspectives). Though some courses may focus on specialized subjects or approaches, there will be a substantial course content locating that subject in the broader context of the major issues of the discipline. Qualifying courses will not focus on teaching basic skills but will require the application or engagement of those skills through analysis and interpretation.
Lower-division Elective courses allow students to choose (or “elect”) courses or faculty specific to their own developing interests, enabling them thereby to shape their own educational experience. Major II students can also use one lower-division elective to fulfill the Writing Requirement with ENG 209 The Craft of the Sentence.
Digital Humanities Minor courses integrate literary study with the use of digital tools and technologies. Students in the minor learn how to make interpretive arguments by building digital archives and maps, interacting with digital games, using web-based publishing platforms, and visualizing data. The minor pays particular attention to the culture of creation in literary and cultural analysis.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.