REL 370.001

Digital Texts and the Humanities

T | 3:30-5:50

PRH 210

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How does Google know word frequencies from 1850 – How might scholars use machines to read differently? This course explores digital texts: how they’re made and the questions we can ask with and about them. We’ll assemble and analyze a digital corpus, learn some computer programming, and discuss the implications of treating words as data.


Brown, Candy Gunther
The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880
University of North Carolina Press, 2004

Piper, Andrew
Enumerations: Data and Literary Study
University of Chicago Press, 2018

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Bode, Katherine. A World of Fiction: Digital Collections and the Future of Literary History

We will be using the Open Access version –