7AAVMLIT Digital English
(Semester 2, 20 credits)
In this module we investigate the theoretical and practical role of digital methods in scholarly work on literature in English, their relationship to established approaches, and their possible future development. We will look at the whole range of digital approaches today, including the use of large digital collections, computer-assisted textual analysis, publishing and the many venues and forms of expression now possible, the greater possibilities for collaboration and for connection with broad audiences, the changing
nature of reading, and the problems of preservation and the survival of digital artefacts. Our attention will range from single literary works to the entire body of literary production.
This module is not about the everyday research skills that everyone now
uses (email, basic web stuff, etc.), but about advanced methods, practical work with them, and theoretical reflection on their place in English literary studies. Assessment is by an essay which may report on work with digital tools or analyze existing work by others.