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ENGL 4709/5709: Digital Humanities

ENGL 4709/5709: Digital Humanities
Fall 2012
Bemidji State University
Prof M C Morgan
Tuesdays, 4:00 - 6:40

With changes in production and distribution come changes in humanities. Old masters give way to amateurs. The elite gives way to the mob. The unique gives way to mechanical and then digital reproduction. The individual creation gives way to the collaborative and communal, the remix and the mashup.

ENGL 4709/5709: Digital Humanities will look at what has happened and what is happening to the arts and sciences as analog invention, creation, and production give way to digital processes, creators, mindsets, and values. For readers, writers, artists, scholars, amateurs, and anyone else interested in how the humanities work.

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 else we can find as we consider what sense we can make of the current landscape. Maps provided. Exploration required. Here be monsters.

Required Texts

Texts and readings provided by the course

Others out there

  • John Seely Brown and Paul Duguid. The Social Life of Information.
  • Goldsmith, Uncreative Writing: Managing Language in the Digital Age.
  • David Wienberger. Everything is Miscellaneous.
  • Richard Lanham, The Economics of Attention, selected chapters
  • Amerika, remixthebook
  • Benjamin. The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction.
  • Benjamin. The Arcades Project.
  • Mark Amerika. Meta/Data.

Opening movement:
Digital Humanities Manifesto, v 2.0, pdf.

Digital Humanities is not a unified field but an array of convergent practices that explore a universe in which: a) print is no longer the exclusive or the normative medium in which knowledge is produced and/or disseminated; instead, print finds itself absorbed into new, multimedia configurations; and b) digital tools, techniques, and media have altered the production and dissemination of knowledge in the arts, human and social sciences.

Our emblem is a digital photograph of a hammer (manual making) superimposed over a folded page (the 2d text that now unfolds in three dimensions).

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