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English 9101B
The Materiality of the Digital Text: At the Intersection of Digital Humanities and History of the Book

Professor Mark McDayter
Winter Half Course.

This course will combine theory and praxis as it explores the applications and implications of the field of book history to digital editing and interface design. The course will commence with a general introduction to the theories and practices of the Digital Humanities, including text encoding, markup, and scripting languages, before engaging in a more detailed exploration of the ways in which digital textuality can be informed by our understanding of the insights offered by book historians and textual critics such as D. F. McKenzie, Jerome McGann, Christian Vandendorpe, and Matthew Kirschenbaum. Evaluation for the course will be based upon a seminar presentation, a book review, an individual course blog, one major research paper, and participation in a digital editing project upon which the seminar group as a whole will collaborate. Some prior understanding of markup languages, scripting, and programme language is, of course, useful, but is not required.

[While parts of this course will resemble in most regards a traditional graduate seminar, about half of the time will be devoted to lab work and praxis: learning and employing markup, code, and interface design. The final project is collaborative in part because the digital humanities is ideologically invested in the idea of collaboration. Blogging is a required component of the course because, similarly, blogging and tweeting are almost obligatory forms of research dissemination in the field.]

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