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Spring 2017 Undergraduate English Courses: Twentieth Century

359:362 Digital Literary Studies

01  TTH4   CAC   18420  GLISERMAN   SC-203

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THIS COURSE FULFILLS ENGLISH DEPARTMENT 20th Century PERIOD

We will be reading a maximum of three twentieth century novels; relevant critical essays; and theoretical essays on information theory (Gleick, Hofstadter, Bateson) to give us perspective on what we are looking for and why.  In our research we will use traditional methods of reading the novels including reading critical material on the novels, but we will supplement these methods with digital tools. These tools will allow us access to the semantic networks that undergird the novels, and methods for displaying those networks. Using digital texts and a variety of software programs we can manipulate the language of the texts and see them as being more dimensional than linear. In a sense we will be looking at the linguistic DNA of the novels, but more aptly we will be looking at the lexical network as a neural network.

There will be weekly 2-page papers and one 10-page paper; each student will develop a portfolio for assessment. The two page papers will have a variety of tasks—from analyzing a small segment of the novel, to developing a map of one semantic strand, to commenting on a critical essay, and the like.