Updated: 13 April 2000

This course functions as a structured workshop for graduate students in the final phase of the Informatics Certificate in English. Students begin the course with a proposal for a substantial electronic project in their area of interest -- ideally but not necessarily part of a thesis or dissertation -- and spend the semester developing the project to completion. The workshop meets in the facilities of the collaboratory for Research in Computing for Humanities in Young Library.

Spring 2000
ENG 771: Special Topics in Humanities Computing

Instructor: Matthew G. Kirschenbaum


Class List

Project Proposals

R 1.13 Organization
T 1.18 Presentation of proposals. Please prepare a 5-10 minute oral presentation that outlines your project while answering the following three questions: Why is the project intellectually significant? How does the project contribute to your broader professional or academic goals? How does the project take advantage of specific skills learned during INF 401 and INF 510?
R 1.20 Please read: Jerome McGann, "The Rationale of Hypertext" http://www.iath.virginia.edu/public/jjm2f/rationale.html Please examine: Uncle Tom's Cabin and American Culture http://www.iath.virginia.edu/utc/ Trajan's Column http://cheiron.humanities.mcmaster.ca/~trajan/
T 1.25 Revised project proposals due; getting to know your UNIX account.
R 1.27 Please examine: Crtical Edition of "Smoke, Flame, and Ashes" http://etext.virginia.edu/users/spiro/Contents2.html [Note: Be sure to examine the Versions of the text encoded for variants.] The Ladies: A Journal of the Court, Fashion, and Society http://etext.virginia.edu/ladies/ladyhome.html Middlemarch: Reception; Publication History; Biography; Bibliography http://etext.virginia.edu/english/eliot/middlemarch/ Dictionary of Sensibility http://www.engl.virginia.edu/~enec981/dictionary/intro.html [Note: All of the above are student projects; some are more interesting than others, but all have value as models to discuss.]
T 2.1 Progress reports due; introduction to EMACS, PSGML, SP [nsgmls] (see Ebenezer's tutorial).
R 2.3 Please read: Susan Hockey, "Is There a Computer in This Class?" http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/hcs/hockey.html Willard McCarty, "A Note on Terminology: Humanities Computing or Humanistic Informatics?" http://jefferson.village.virginia.edu/hcs/terminology.html
T 2.8 No class.
R 2.10 Please read: Interview with Allen Renear http://www.foxnews.com/old/scitech/millennium/september/interview_renear1.sml http://www.foxnews.com/old/scitech/millennium/september/interview_renear2.sml Lou Burnard, "SGML on the Web: Too Little Too Soon, Or Too Much Too Late?" http://users.ox.ac.uk/~lou/Belux/
T 2.15 Workshop.
W 2.16 Geoffrey Rockwell visit: seminar (10 AM; POT 1345) and public lecture (3:30 PM; McVey 327).
R 2.17 Workshop.
T 2.22 Workshop.
R 2.24 Workshop.
T 2.29 Workshop.
R 3.2 Workshop.
T 3.7 Midterm presentations (a 5-10 minute in-class report on the current state of your project).
W 3.8 Marta Werner visit: text encoding workshop (10 AM; RCH) and public lecture (3:30 PM; McVey 327).
R 3.9 Workshop.
T 3.14 and R 3.16: Spring Break
T 3.21 Workshop.
R 3.23 Workshop.
T 3.28 Workshop. Linda Cantara, CCS brownbag presentation, 12:15 PM, 327 McVey.
R 3.30 Workshop.
T 4.4 Workshop.
R 4.6 Workshop.
T 4.11 Workshop.
R 4.13 Workshop.
T 4.18 Workshop.
W 4.19 Worthy Martin visit: "Research at the Institute for Advanced Technology in the Humanities" (3:30 PM; McVey 327).
R 4.20 Workshop.
F 4.21 MGK available at RCH 1030 - 130.
T 4.25 If You Build It, They Will Come -- Not. Why and How to Publicize Your Project. Workshop.
R 4.27 Project Presentations. (With special guests?) John Unsworth, "The Importance of Failure" http://www.press.umich.edu/jep/0302/unsworth.html