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Digital Humanities Course Description

ENGL 4709: Digital Humanities
Fall 2012
Prof M C Morgan
Dept of English
Bemidji State University

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? Where do you think they got their business plan?

Concerned that new technologies are destroying the beauty and individuality of art? Wanna buy a camera obscura? How 'bout some nice oils? Fine brushes. I got some rare German pigments right here. Can't tell the painting from the real thing. Takes a little practice, but your 'prentice will show you how. Those kids today know everything.

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 eighteenth century British and French aristocracy - like they'll listen.

Aesthetics going to hell in a hand basket? BLAST! those new kids on the block. They don't care a fig about decorum.

And the next thing you know, computer programming will be a humanities subject! Ada, Countess of Lovelace, meet Linus of Linux. Flood gates are open. Send in the amateurs.

There's no denying that 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. It isn't the first time, and it won't be the last.

This course will explore what happens - has happened, is happening - when digital processes, creators, 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 off to find what we can find and consider what sense we can make of the current landscape.

Starting point: Digital Humanities Manifesto, v 2.0. Get your hands dirty.

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