Literature and Digital Culture offers a guided introduction to some of the new technologies that scholars use to study and make arguments about literature. This course is designed for the “tech-curious” with opportunities for all levels to learn new ways of using technology to critically answer humanistic questions. We will be pairing our study of digital culture with the University of Oregon 2019/2020 Common Reading “Under the Feet of Jesus” and a selection of digital humanities projects that explore ideas about home, belonging, and environmental social justice and how those ideas intersect with class, race, ability and disability, nationhood, and citizenship. In the course, students will define and identify data related to our reading and discussion; practice processing data using digital methods such as spreadsheets, mapping, and digital archiving; and work individually and in teams to use technology to develop critical questions and arguments about literature and environmental justice. Together we will consider how technology might be wielded in support of humanities research and interdisciplinary projects like the UO Common Reading Program.
This class is offered online and 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.
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.
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.
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.