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Postgraduate Course: Digital Modernisms (ENLI11198)

Course Outline
SchoolSchool of Literatures, Languages and Cultures CollegeCollege of Humanities and Social Science
Course typeStandard AvailabilityAvailable to all students
Credit level (Normal year taken)SCQF Level 11 (Postgraduate) Credits20
Home subject areaEnglish Literature Other subject areaNone
Course website None Taught in Gaelic?No
Course descriptionIn this course we will examine the intersection of Digital Humanities and Modernist Studies. In recent years scholars of literary modernism have embraced the potential of digital technologies, exploring the innovative modes of analysis and critical methods they make possible and thereby generating new insights into modernist literature. At the same time, many of the key paradigms that we associate with modernism┐ideas about the radical and the new, the inter-medial and the experimental┐have underpinned debate about the value of digital media and digital scholarship. We will analyse projects and discussions that have resulted from this mutual engagement, evaluating their contribution to Modernist studies, considering the kinds of questions that they raise, and contextualising them in broader debates about the future of humanities scholarship. In parallel, we will also conduct our own practical exploration of digital humanities tools and methods, experimenting with technologies such as encoding, text mining, network analysis, and mapping, in order to collaboratively analyse and explore modernist texts.
(No specialised technical knowledge is required)
Entry Requirements (not applicable to Visiting Students)
Pre-requisites Co-requisites
Prohibited Combinations Other requirements None
Additional Costs None
Information for Visiting Students
Displayed in Visiting Students Prospectus?No
Course Delivery Information
Delivery period: 2013/14 Semester 1, Available to all students (SV1) Learn enabled:  Yes Quota:  None
Web Timetable Web Timetable
Course Start Date 16/09/2013
Breakdown of Learning and Teaching activities (Further Info) Total Hours: 200 ( Seminar/Tutorial Hours 22, Dissertation/Project Supervision Hours 3, Supervised Practical/Workshop/Studio Hours 19, Online Activities 10, Formative Assessment Hours 15, Summative Assessment Hours 50, Programme Level Learning and Teaching Hours 4, Directed Learning and Independent Learning Hours 77 )
Additional Notes
Breakdown of Assessment Methods (Further Info) Written Exam 0 %, Coursework 100 %, Practical Exam 0 %
No Exam Information
Summary of Intended Learning Outcomes
By the end of this course, through contributions in class, blogs, independent reading, and practical work, students should:

*Understand some of the ways in which digital humanities methods and tools can expand, develop and challenge other forms of scholarship

*Have a critical awareness of the key concepts and paradigms that underpin discussion of the digital humanities

*Have a critical awareness of the key concepts and paradigms that underpin discussion of modernist literature

*Be able to synthesise this knowledge in order to define small scale research questions and use simple digital tools to answer them

*Have developed digital literacy skills, including an understanding of text encoding and data management, how to create and maintain digital research profiles through the use of social media, and the ability to present scholarship online

*Have developed team work and collaboration skills in online and offline environments
Assessment Information
20% Individual blog (8 x online posts of 250 words = 2000 words)

10% Group Presentation / individual 500 word abstract (on project progress & issues, outlining contributions to project, presentation and collaborative processes)

50% Online project: minimum 1000 explanatory words, plus minimum four DH readings/visualisations of modernist texts

20% Individual 1500 word ┐position paper┐ on experience of DH tools and methods and conclusions drawn.

The assessments will be supported as follows. Firstly, students will also be asked to make 3 micro-blog posts to a class hashtag on twitter each week and to share sources in an online class bibliography. These won┐t be assessed but in aggregate they will form a large collection of data that students can curate and reflect on in blog posts. The digital reading/visualisation tools will be introduced in a weekly class lab, during which students will firstly be walked through the process and then given dedicated project time.
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Syllabus 1. Introduction: Defining Digital Modernisms / Defining Digital Humanities

2. Modernist Projects and Paradigms

3. Text Encoding

4. Text Analysis 1: Big Data

5. Text Analysis 2: Scalable Reading

6. Mapping and Timelines 1: The Geospatial Turn

7. Mapping and Timelines 2: Modernist Moves

8. Project Workshop

9. Network Analysis 1: Small worlds and Complex Networks

10. Network Analysis 2: Networked Modernism

11. Humanities 2.0: DH and the Future of Scholarship
Transferable skills The ability to critically evaluate projects, resources and texts

Critical reading across scales (from close reading to analysing big data sets)

Digitally literacy and IT skills including basic coding, writing for the web and using a range of software and applications

Team-work and collaboration in online and offline environments
Reading list In addition to the seminar readings below, students will be expected to conduct project research, sourcing and reading critical material relating to the modernist writer on which their group is focusing. Seminars in weeks 3 - 10 will also involve analysis of online DH projects.

Seminar Readings

Week 1

* Kirschenbaum, M. 'What is Digital Humanities and What's it doing in an English Department?' in Debates in the Digital Humanities. M. Gold (Ed.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Pp. 3-11.

* Forster, Chris. 'I'm Chris. Where am I wrong?' (blog post and comments) <>

* Weller, Martin. The Digital Scholar: How Technology is Transforming Scholarly Practice. London: Bloomsbury, 2011. Pp. 41 - 63.

Week 2

* Ramsey, Stephen. Reading Machines: Towards an Algorithmic Criticism. Urbana: University of Illinois Press, 2011. Pp. ix - 31 ('Preconditions' and Chapters 1 & 2)

* Various DH manifestoes online (eg. THAT Camp manifesto <>, and Humanities 2.0 Manifesto, <>)

* Van Hulle, Dirk. 'Hypertext and Avant-texte in Twentieth-Century and Contemporary Literature' in A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens (eds.) Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. Available online at: <>

Week 3

* Cummings, James. 'The Text Encoding Initiative and the Study of Literature.' in A Companion to Digital Literary Studies. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens (eds.) Oxford: Blackwell, 2008. Available online at:

* Rockwell, Geoffrey. 'What is Text Analysis, Really?' Literary & Linguistic Computing 18: 2 (2003) pp. 209-219.

Week 4

* Manovich, Lev. 'Trending: the Promises and Challenges of Big Social Data.' In Debates in the Digital Humanities. M. Gold (Ed.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Pp. 460-475.

Week 5

* Moretti, Franco. Graphs, Maps, Trees: Abstract Models for Literary History. London & New York: Verso, 2005.

Week 6

* Cuddy-Keane, Melba. 'Imaging/Imagining Globalization: Maps and Models.' Discussion Paper for MLA Convention, New York, December 28, 2002.

Week 7

* Thacker, Andrew. Moving Through Modernity: Space and Geography in Modernism. Manchester: Manchester University Press, 2003. Introduction and Chapter One, pp. 1-45.

Week 8: No Reading / Project Week

Week 9

* Estrada, Ernesto et al. 'Complex Networks: An Invitation' in Network Science. Complexity in Nature and Technology. Estrada, Fox, Higham & Oppo (Eds.) London: Springer, 2010. Pp. 1 - 12.

Week 10

* Beal, Wesley and Lanvin, Stacy. 'Theorizing Connectivity: Modernism and the Network Narrative' Special Issue of Digital Humanities Quarterly. 5.2 (2011).

Week 11

* Davidson, Cathy N., 'Humanities 2.0: Promise, Perils, Predictions.' Debates in the Digital Humanities. M. Gold (Ed.) Minneapolis: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. Pp.476-489.

* Kirschenbaum, Matthew. 'The .txtual Condition: Digital Humanities, Born-Digital Archives, and the Future Literary.' Digital Humanities Quarterly, 7.1 (2013). <>
Study Abroad Not entered
Study Pattern Not entered
Course organiserMs Lisa Otty
Course secretaryMr Gordon Littlejohn
Tel: (0131 6)51 3988
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