ENG470 201903 Undergraduate

Spring 2020
ENG 470
Applies To: 
Technologies and Texts Capstone

Heidi Kaufman

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  • Title: Associate Professor
  • Additional Title: Associate Department Head, Director, DH Minor
  • Phone: 541-346-3932
  • Office: 327 PLC
  • Office Hours: On sabbatical 2020-2021;I am checking my email intermittently or sporadically.
Department Section Description: 

ENG 470/570 Technologies and Texts Capstone As a capstone to the minor in Digital Humanities (DH), this course will give you an opportunity to create a term-length digital research project of your own. Projects will consider the creation, preservation, or circulation of stories in the public sphere or in academic culture. Class discussions will consider how humanities disciplines (English, Philosophy, History, Gender studies, Ethnic Studies, Languages, to name just a few) are leveraging digital culture to forge a new public discourse, and to expand traditional academic studies. Possible term-length projects include:


  • The creation of a digital edition (interpretation) of a text
  • The creation of a digital archive or exhibit
  • The development of a digital public humanities project tied to a nonprofit, museum, or
  • cultural heritage site
  • A digital exploration of a social justice issue (an issue from the present or past)
  • A creation of a digital modeling or textual analysis project to study the stakes of words
  • and their circulation
  • The creation of a digital storytelling project
  • The creation of a digital game
  • The creation of a digital map to interpret or imagine a (counter) narrative


This course will emphasize the importance of both writing and maker culture to address real-world humanities questions. We’ll consider how digital tools compliment, expand, challenge, or embolden cultural and print narratives; and how we might use digital tools strategically and thoughtfully to advance our understanding of the cultural record in the past and present. Enrollment in English 470 is limited to those who’ve passed ENG 250: Literature and Digital Culture and two additional courses approved for the DH minor. English 470 is a requirement for the DH Minor. Contact Professor Kaufman with questions (hkaufman@uoregon.edu).



Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.

English Minor

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

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.