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Digital Humanities Course Description

as of 14 Mar 2012
Wary of repurposing and remixing cultural icons? Michelangelo and DaVinci did it. Facebook and Google too powerful - too, um, Machiavellian? Talk to Machiavelli about it.

Is Wikipedia is calling into question the authority of experts? Hello Galileo. Hello Newton, Hello Whitehead, Einstein, Godel, Escher, Bach.
Concerned that YouTube gives the underclass access to media and the populace? That Twitter lets the unwashed gain a soapbox? Nothing new there. Talk to the British and French aristocracy of the eighteenth century.
Art going to hell in a hand basket? BLAST! Next thing you know, they'll be painting nudes descending staircases.
Welcome to the present.

Digital media have changed the sense of, content of, face of the humanities from something we were comfortable with to ... something else, not so comforting, not so familiar, not so exclusive.

This course will explore what happens - has happened, is happening - when digital processes, access, and mindsets enter the realm of the humanities.

We will survey the objects and artifacts created, the spaces, materials, tools, and processes of current digital humanities. A few recent writers will frame our survey, and we'll go looking online and elsewhere to see what we can find and consider what sense we can make of the current landscape.

Tentative Reading List

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