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This seminar will explore the use of digital tools for analyzing, preserving, and transforming literature and literary culture. Whose work is preserved and whose work isn’t? Whose stories are told and whose are not? Do digital tools enable us to bring more diversity to the literary past and present? Together we will consider how digital tools enable us to reconsider issues of gendered authorship, racial representation, and the links between archives and authority in the past and today.
 
In Part I of this class, we will focus on TEI text encoding, using William Shakespeare’s The Tempest and several of its adaptations to ground our explorations of this foundational digital humanities methodology.

Part One

In Part II, we will turn to text analysis at scale with vector space modeling using the word2vec package developed by Professor Benjamin Schmidt; our focal text for this section will be Mary Shelley’s Frankenstein.

Part Two

In Part III, we will study a range of digital archives and you will have the opportunity to develop an archival exhibit of your own, using the CERES Toolkit developed by the Northeastern Library’s Digital Scholarship Group.

Part Three