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Précis Papers -- Everyone must complete at least 4 of the 6 possible short précis papers. Each week, response papers are due on Saturday by noon. Papers are submitted electronically via Moodle: Email submissions will not be accepted unless previously arranged.

DH-in-Action Presentation -- You will be a required to sign up for an oral presentation individually or in pairs. For your presentation, you will read the texts assigned for that week, select a digital humanities artifact, project, or specific example, and then analytically describe the example and generate a set of connections, provocations, and questions to get class discussion started for the day. Presentations are 5-10 minutes and may include media.

DH Final Project -- Your final project will take up the ideas and issues in the readings and in your précis papers to generate a paper--or hybrid text--to answer why DH is important, productive, or critical. The final project asks you to think critically about the course questions and texts, to make connections, and to create an argument across texts and different kinds of evidence.
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Information Sheets

The following are handouts, informational sheets, and readings that will be assigned or used over the course of the quarter. Each student will recieve a copy of each as a handout in class during the appropriate week. If you miss a sheet, feel free to print out a new copy.

Ed's Top Ten List of "Ways to Survive University"

Ed's Top Ten Rules of Writing

Quoting, Paraphrasing, and Summarizing

MLA Citation and Bibliographic Format

What is Close Reading?


There are two texts required by the class. The texts are available via the Drew Bookstore (or through any reputable bookseller). Print is strongly preferred, but both may be referenced online: Debates in the Digital Humanities and Digital Humanities. Consult the course syllabus for the week's required reading. The following is a full bibliographical list of the class readings:

Week 1: January 27-31

Gold, "Introduction: The Digital Humanities Moment." Debates in the Digital Humanities. Ed. Matthew K. Gold. Minneapolis, MN: University of Minnesota Press, 2012. ix-xvi.

Kirschenbaum, Matthew. "What is Digital Humanities." Debates. 3-11.

Fitzpatrick, Kathleen. "The Humanities, Done Digitally." Debates. 12-15.

Day of DH. "Defining the Digital Humanities." Debates. 67-71.

Burdick, Anne, Johanna Drucker, Peter Lunenfeld, Todd Presner, and Jeffrey Schnapp. "Preface." Digital Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. vii-x.

---. "Humanities to Digital Humanities." Digital Humanities. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2012. 1-26.

Week 2: February 3-7

Ramsay, Stephen and Geoffrey Rockwell. "Developing Things." Debates. 75-84.

Drucker, Johanna. "Humanistic Theory and Digital Scholarship." Debates. 85-95.

Hall, Gary. "There are No Digital Humanities." Debates. 133-136.

Burdick et al. "Emerging Methods and Genres" Digital Humanities. 27-71.

Week 3: February 10-14

McPherson, Tara. "Why Are the Digital Humanities So White?" Debates. 139-160.

Losh, Elizabeth. "Hacktivism and the Humanities." Debates. 161-186.

Williams, George H. "Disability, Universal Design, and the Digital Humanities." Debates. 187-201.

Nowviskie, Bethany. "What Do Girls Dig?" Debates. 235-240.

Bogost, Ian. "The Turtlenecked Hairshirt." Debates. 241-242.

Week 4: February 17-21

Wilkens, Matthew. "Canons, Close Reading, and the Evolution of Method." Debates. 249-258.

Flanders, Julia. "Time, Labor, and 'Alternate Careers.'" Debates. 292-308.

Earhart, Amy E. "Can Information Be Unfettered?" Debates. 309-318.

Burdick et al. "The Social Life of the Digital Humanities" Digital Humanities. 73-98.

Week 5: February 24-28

Waltzer, Luke. "Digital Humanities and the 'Ugly Stepchildren.'" Debates. 335-349.

Alexander, Bryan and Rebecca Frost Davis. "Should Liberal Arts Campuses Do Digital Humanities?" Debates. 368-389.

Brier, Stephen. "Where's the Pedagogy?" Debates. 390-401.

Sample, Mark. "What's Wrong with Writing Essays." Debates. 404-405.

Week 6: March 3-7

Kirschenbaum, Matthew. "Digital Humanities As/Is a Tactical Term." Debates. 415-428.

Parry, Dave. "The Digital Humanities or a Digital Humanism." Debates. 429-437.

Davidson, Cathy N. "Humanities 2.0." Debates. 476-489.

Liu, Alan. "Where is Cultural Criticism in the Digital Humanities?" Debates. 490-509.

Burdick et al. "Provocations" Digital Humanities. 99-135.
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