Digital Literary Studies @ englishstudiesinthedigitalage.wordpress.com
Dr. Jennifer Travis
Department of English
Office: St. John’s Hall, B40-1
Email: email@example.com. Please be in touch via email rather than office phone. I strive to return emails within 24 hours.
Google hangout: firstname.lastname@example.org
Time: Thursday: 2:50-4:50
Location: SJH B43 (conference room at end of B-40 hallway)
Student Hours: Mondays and Thursdays 12:15-1:45, and by appt. Please note: I am always happy to meet with you in my office. If the above times do not work for you, I will try to coordinate with your schedule. I am on campus Mondays and Thursdays. I encourage you to stop by during my office hours to chat about your work and interests. I am also available via Skype or Google Hangout. Just let me know you would like to meet virtually and we will arrange a date and time.
Course Format: This course will be conducted as a seminar. Class time will be spent primarily in dialogue and discussion rather than lecture. Everyone should come to class prepared and ready to participate.
Grades will be based on a weekly assignments posted to your blog, class participation, a midterm reflection paper, and a final project and presentation.
*Always come to class on time. If you are routinely more than 5 minutes late I will counts it as an absence (one or two emergency late arrivals will be tolerated).
*Always come to class with your computer/technology and reading materials and assignments in hand.
*Always come with plans to participate.
*Always keep up with the readings even if class discussion has fallen behind.
*Always treat each other with social and intellectual respect.
Required Books (ebook or used are fine):
All books are available online or at most bookstores, including the St. John’s Bookstore:
Gary Sheyngart, Super Sad True Love Story
Dave Eggers, The Circle
Other texts will be posted as links on our website.
Final project: 50%
Weekly Assignments: The Weekly Create: 20%
Midterm Reflection: 20%
Participation: 10% (includes sparking class discussion, attendance, and presentation)
Students will be asked to share their daily creates with the class. Students will sign up for a specific spark date listed on the syllabus.
Weekly Creates must be complete by 12 pm on the date due, unless otherwise specified. Late assignments will be marked down accordingly.
Academic Integrity: Please refer to the university honor code policy:
http://www.stjohns.edu/academics/provost/overview/integrity/pledge/plagiarism.stj. Copying another person’s words or ideas without crediting him or her constitutes plagiarism. It doesn’t matter what the source: an article, a website, class notes, etc. Plagiarism is serious matter and is grounds for failure of the course and even possibly expulsion from the University. It is important to learn how to document online sources accurately, especially when we will be doing multimodal work (including images, videos, audio, etc.).
Please refer to this guide for more information about using materials from the Internet: http://www.baruch.cuny.edu/tutorials/copyright/Reader.html
WEEK ONE: Introduction
WEEK TWO: Print Culture
Build your WordPress blog and create your first post. Please post about one of the readings and any questions, ideas, or insights it may have sparked. Posts should be at least 200 words long, include one link, and/or an embedded image, video, or sound byte.
*Please send me the blog address so I can post blogs to our site.
Read and respond to at least 2 classmates’ posts.
WEEK THREE: Literature in a Digital World
Respond to an issue raised by one of the pieces above. How does it impact your understanding and engagement with literary texts and/or literary studies as a discipline?
Class discussion: Sumaira and Laila
WEEK FOUR: No Class
Read: Super Sad True Love Story
Explore: Website, Possible Readings for Week on Digital Personae
WEEK FIVE: Digital Humanities Practices
Guest Speaker: Caroline Fuchs, Libraries
Practicum: Explore one or more of the tools on our website.
Create: Post about your experiment with the above tool.
Class discussion: Peggy and Marla
WEEK SIX: Super Sad True Love Story
Create: Post on character, scene, image, or exchange in the novel.
Class discussion: Natasha and Shelby
WEEK SEVEN: Libraries in a Digital World
Midterm Reflection: Write and essay/blog post that both looks back at what you have learned in prior weeks and ahead on the syllabus to what may spark your interest. This should be a thought piece that engages what you have already learned and what you’re curious about: posit a question (or questions), an issue that you would like to respond to in a final project. How might DH tools and methodologies (those we’ve started to address) help you explore these questions and perhaps even answer them? What more do you need to know? How can you obtain the resources and assistance (collaboration) you need to proceed? What other projects may be similar and inspire you to think more? What questions do you have for your me and your classmates?
Class Discussion: Alex
WEEK EIGHT: Begin The Circle
Guest Speaker: Kathryn Shaughnessey, Libraries
Create: Respond to a character, action, event, statement, or scene in The Circle.
WEEK NINE: Finish The Circle
Create: Google Maps
Class Discussion: Anna and Taahirah
WEEK TEN: Practicum/Project workshop
Create: Proposal for final project.
WEEK ELEVEN: Diversity and the Internet
Introduction to Race After the Internet
Create: Respond to one of the readings.
Class Discussion: Jeremy and Tembe
WEEK TWELVE: Digital Personae/Authorship
Class recommendations tbd
Create: Respond to one or more of the readings.
Class Discussion: Geziell and Aaron
WEEK THIRTEEN: Presentations
WEEK FOURTEEN: Presentations
Projects due December 14th by 12 p.m.