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.Final platform review due Thursday 10pm

Week / Date Topics/Readings

[Bolded tools are required; unbolded optional]





Jan. 8


Overview and introductions

Review and revise outline and schedule: what’s missing? Preliminary sign up

Sharing: Google docs, Slack, Zotero, WordPress

Demystifying digital text (CSS; Zen Gardens)

Google documents; Slack; WordPress; Zotero

(in class)


Jan. 15

Digital textuality and ergodic literature


Hammond, Part 1, pp. 1-40, plus chapter 7, Interactivity, pp. 154-174.

William Gibson, “Agrippa” (archive; video; text) – at least watch/read video

Caitlin Fisher, These Waves of Girls

Stephen Marche: “Lucy Hardin’s Missing Period”

Kate Pullinger, “Jellybones” (through the oolipo app for i0s or Android)

Anna Anthropy, “queers in love at the end of the world


Walter J. Ong, “Writing Restructures Consciousness,” Orality and Literacy (Methuen, 1982) pp. 78-116 (UG library has several online editions so if the link doesn’t work try accessing one directly)

Hayles, “Material Metaphors, Techno-Texts, and Media-Specific Analysis,Writing Machines (2002)

Optional: Jessica Pressman, “Navigating Electronic Literature,” Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary companion website

Twine (see instructions for uploading to UofG’s github here) or Inklewriter

(in class)

EVENT: DigiDo on Zotero, THINC Lab, Lunch provided! Click on link to register.


Jan. 22

Algorithmic writing – generation, participation, deformance


Hammond, Chapter 6: Short Circuiting the Publication Process

Michael Witmore, “Text: A Massively Addressable Object” from Debates in the Digital Humanities, ed. Matthew K. Gold (Minnesota UP, 2012).

Nick Montfort and others, Taroko Gorge (reload at least once) and remixes

Network Effect

Sachiko Murakami, Project Rebuild


Jerome McGann, Radiant Textuality

Steven Ramsay, Reading Machines

Lecture: Adam Hammond, 4pm, THINC Lab

Taroko Gorge hack or similar

In class: Twine/Tracery troubleshooting

E-lit position piece due Saturday, Jan 27, by 10pm


DigiDo: Distant Reading with Gutentag, 12-1 in THINC Lab. Lunch provided.

DigiCafé with Adam Hammond (as part of class) in THINC Lab: “SciFiQ and “Twinkle, Twinkle” : An Algorithmic Approach to Creating “the Perfect Science Fiction Story”

Name: Meg
Text: Project Rebuild

Jan. 29

Haptic literature, gamification, platforms


Hammond, Ch. 8

Lori Emerson, Ch. 1 “Indistinguishable from Magic” from Reading Writing Interfaces (pdf downloadable from library)

Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries: Dakota

Pry (i0s only; available in THINC Lab if you do not have an Apple phone or tablet)

Zoë Quinn, Depression Quest

R. Carpenter, The Gathering Cloud


Her Story

Scratch Name: Lauren
Text: The Gathering CloudName: Isobel
Text: Depression Quest

Feb. 5

Web 2.0, affect, and subjectivity


Examples of social media TBD in consultation with class

Morrison, Aimée. “Suffused by Feeling and Affect’: the Intimate Public of Personal Mommy Blogging.” Biography. 34.1 (2011): 37-55.

Poster, “The Digital Subject and Cultural Theory,” from The Book History Reader (2002), 486-493.


Wendy Hae-Kyung Chun, Updating to Remain the Same TBD

Mediawiki ; social media

Demos of writing platforms, e.g. WordPress; Stackoverflow; Twitter; Buzzfeed; Medium; Ghost–or find your own!


Name: Isobel
Platform: Buzzfeed


Feb. 12

Social media discussions continued.
Ello, Instagram, Tumblr, TwitterWrap-up of discussion of digital textuality and digital literature.
First draft of platform/tool reviews due Thursday 10pm of the week of the presentation (any format) Name: Lauren
Platform: Instagram
Reading week



Markup and Semantic Encoding

Flanders, Julia, Syd Bauman and Sarah Connell, “Text Encoding,”  Chapter 7 in Doing Digital Humanities, pp. 104-122. (Library resource)

Brown, Susan, Patricia Clements, and Isobel Grundy. “Sorting things in: Feminist knowledge representation and changing modes of scholarly production.” Women’s Studies International Forum 29(2006).

Piers Plowman Electronic Archive

Shelley-Godwin Archive

Women Writers Online Lab

Recommended: Vannever Bush, “As We May Think”


“ An Introduction to XML: The Basics Part 1”

Recommended: David Birnbaum, “What is XML and why should humanities scholars care?”

TEI tutorials: Teach Yourself TEI


Dylan exercise (in class)

Demos: A critical edition; TAPAS; OxGarage; XSLT through Oxygen or some other tool; other XML editors


Mar. 5

Editing, Annotation, Iteration, Variation


Hammond, Chapter 4: Digital Editions

Brown, “Tensions and Tenets of Digital Scholarship” from Digital Scholarship in the Humanities (2016); (optional: “Remediating the Editor” from Interdisciplinary Science Reviews

Amanda Visconti and James Joyce, Infinite Ulysses

Goblin Market, Kooistra et al and Cove Collective

Sara Humphreys and Mourning Dove, The Cogowea Project

Ben Fry and Charles Darwin, Preservation of Favoured Traces

Guy Patrick Cunningham, “Fragmentary: Writing in a Digital Age”


Lisa Gitelman, “Near print and beyond paper: knowing by *.pdf” from Paper Knowledge: Toward a Media History of Documents (Duke UP, 2014): 110-135.

Matthew Kirschenbaum, TBD from Track Changes

Dynamic Table of Contexts or Pundit; Cove Collective
Demos: Goblin Market) or other Cove Collective edition; an annotation tool; Versioning Machine, Scrivener, Ulysses, OmmWriter; Write or Die

Project proposal and bibliography + summary of scholarship due Thursday March 8th 10pm (deadline extended)

Name: Meg
Platform: Cove Collective (Goblin Market)

Mar. 12

Long-form Argument

Reading: Tara McPherson, “Designing for Difference.”
Johanna Drucker and Patrik Svensson, “The Why and How of Middleware,” Digital Humanities Quarterly 10.2 (2016).

Scalar publications: The Knotted Line; Dene Grigar and Stuart Moulthrop, Pathfinders (suggest reading the section on Shelley Jackson’s A Patchwork Girl); Amy Borsuk et al, Performing Archive: Edward S. Curtis and ‘The Vanishing Race”

Jacque Wernimont “A ‘conversation’ about violence against women online”  Storify 12 September 2015.

Highly Recommended:
John Branch, “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek“, The New York Times, 2012.

Additional reading:

Links to long-form content for perusal:


Medium; Storify (defunct in May)

Demos: a Scalar edition

Revision of platform summary due Saturday by 10pm


Medium; Storify (defunct in May)


Mar. 19

Project discussions

Readings on each of the projects.

Digital strategy and outline due Tuesday 10pm

Mar. 26

Workshopping – 15 minute presentations Written project draft (in a shareable form) to be circulated by 10pm, Thursday March 29th

Feedback on draft(s) to be circulated by Slack or email to authors and Susan by 10pm, Saturday March 31st





Apr. 2


Discussions of drafts; conclusions

Super short video (less than 3 mins) Malcolm Gladwell on Writing in the Digital Age

Naomi Alderman: “The first great works of digital literature are already being written” from The Guardian

Brown, “Remediating the Editor” from Interdisciplinary Science Reviews

 Final project due
April 16 10 pm (comments); April 19 10pm  (no comments)