Digital Literary Studies @

Dr. Jennifer Travis

Department of English

Office: St. John’s Hall, B40-1

Email: Please be in touch via email rather than office phone. I strive to return emails within 24 hours.

Skype: jtprofessor

Google hangout:

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: 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:


 WEEK ONE: Introduction

August 31:


The Machine is Us/ing Us

The Future of the Book

The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0

WEEK TWO:  Print Culture

September 7:


Will the Book Survive Generation Text

How the Internet Gets Inside Us

Ways of Reading


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

September 14:


From Reading to Social Computing

The .txtual Condition

Seven Ways Humanists Are Using Computers to Understand Text

Electronic Scholarly Editions


Is there a Text on This Screen?


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?


The William Blake Archive

The Walt Whitman Archive

Willa Cather Archive

Class discussion:  Sumaira and Laila

WEEK FOUR:  No Class 

September 21:

Read:  Super Sad True Love Story

Explore:  Website, Possible Readings for Week on Digital Personae

WEEK FIVE:   Digital Humanities Practices

September 28:

Visualization Tools

Guest Speaker: Caroline Fuchs, Libraries


Why the Digital Humanities

Sharing it and Giving it Away


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

October 5

Create:  Post on character, scene, image, or exchange in the novel.

Class discussion: Natasha and Shelby

WEEK SEVEN:  Libraries in a Digital World

October 12:


The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around



What is DH and What is it Doing in the Library?

Reality Bytes


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

October 19:

The Spatial Turn

The Spatial Turn in Literature

Guest Speaker:  Kathryn Shaughnessey, Libraries

Create:  Respond to a character, action, event, statement, or scene in The Circle.

 WEEK NINE:  Finish The Circle

October 26:

Create:  Google Maps

Class Discussion:  Anna and Taahirah

WEEK TEN:  Practicum/Project workshop

November 2:

Create:  Proposal for final project.

WEEK ELEVEN: Diversity and the  Internet

November 9:

Introduction to Race After the Internet

Putting the Human Back in Digital Humanities: Feminism, Generosity, and Mess

Create: Respond to one of the readings.

Class Discussion: Jeremy and Tembe

WEEK TWELVE:  Digital Personae/Authorship

November 16:

Class recommendations tbd

Create:  Respond to one or more of the readings.

Class Discussion: Geziell and Aaron

WEEK THIRTEEN:  Presentations

November 30

WEEK FOURTEEN:  Presentations

December 7

Projects due December 14th by 12 p.m.




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