Coastal Carolina University
Fall II 2018
This methods course provides an in depth overview and history of text technologies and the mediation of literary texts. Students are introduced to concepts of textual mediation, digitalization and archiving, as well as critical debates surrounding intellectual property in digital environments, text interface design, and the politics of reading and translation across modalities. Practically, students gain exposure and facility with text encoding systems and languages [such as] TEI, XML, and metadata platforms (Omeka).
In this semester’s Text Methods course, we will pay particular attention to the ways that digitization and digital processes may be used to transform, enhance, respond to, or otherwise interact with written text — primarily, that typically found in a codex, or book. The course will begin at the book-made-digital, and move through increasingly enhanced, digital textualities including digital hypertext, digital text encoding, and digital text generation. As a course based in literary threads of digital humanities, we will approach each of these textual transformations through literature, with a focus on poetry and poetics, so students should expect to attend as much to issues of digital (and non-digital) textual technologies, as to the formal, thematic, and cultural concerns of literary texts.