Teaching with DH

From studying electronic literature, to creating academic projects using online platforms, to analyzing texts using digital tools and online resources, the Digital Humanities are an important part of my teaching. I have drawn on DH approaches by teaching entire courses focused on issues of digital literary culture, as well as by integrating DH topics and projects into English courses on subjects such as Modern British Literature and Academic Writing.

I also added a unit on the Digital Humanities, including a text analysis lab, to the Weber State University English Department’s core “Critical Approaches to Literature” class.

DH work in all of my classes is process-oriented. I ask students not only to complete the assignment but also to reflect on it–to become more conscious users of digital media in their academic work and beyond.

Below are selected highlights from course projects:

Blogging The Familiar

(The Future of Fiction, 2015)

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In January of 2015, students in “The Future of Fiction: Literature from Print to Touchscreen” read advance copies of The Familiar: Volume 1, the first installment in Mark Z. Danielewski’s serial novel project. My students participated in an online discussion with students at six other universities in the US and the UK: UC Santa Barbara; UC Davis; University of Notre Dame; Clemson University; University of Tennessee, Knoxville; and De Montfort University. Students also wrote a reflection paper analyzing the experience of reading the text in this unusual way.

Mapping Modernism

(Modern British Literature, 2014)

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Students explored the significance of place in British modernism by creating an online map of key locations in the course texts. Students annotated the map with mini-analyses of passages about place. View the map.

Deforming the Gallery

(The Future of Fiction, 2015)

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Students in this course created “deformances” of Gretchen Henderson’s novel Galerie de Difformité, accompanied by critical manifestos. Their projects–including treated books, collage, sculpture, and hypertext–reflected on the book’s status as a literary medium in the digital age. View the gallery.

I Work for the Web

(The Future of Fiction, 2015)

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In April of 2015, students in “The Future of Fiction” participated in a “netprov” called “I Work for the Web.” Netprov is a genre of Twitter fiction involving collaboration and improvisation. Read about our involvement in #IWFW here.

 

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