Jeri Wieringa

By appointment

REL 370.001 Digital Texts and the Humanities

How does Google know word frequencies from 1850 – https://books.google.com/ngrams? 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.

T | 3:30-5:50

PRH 210

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Readings

Brown, Candy Gunther
The Word in the World: Evangelical Writing, Publishing, and Reading in America, 1789-1880
University of North Carolina Press, 2004
9780807855119

Piper, Andrew
Enumerations: Data and Literary Study
University of Chicago Press, 2018
9780226568751

Books are available at the SUPe Store and online through vendors such as amazon.com.

Resources

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

We will be using the Open Access version – https://www.fulcrum.org/concern/monographs/5q47rp73f#toc