DHSI 2012: Online Tools for Literary Analysis

DHSI 2012Stan Ruecker and Susan Brown are offering a course at DHSI this spring to explore a range of online tools for literary analysis.  See the page for the course for links to the tools (or download the Literary Analysis coursepack). The DHSI has expanded hugely from year to year and the course is twice as large as when we offered a similar one three years ago.

Course description

Much work in the digital humanities and beyond has focused on the digitization of literary texts, and we are now approaching a situation in which not only are most of the key texts available digitally, at least in rudimentary form, but the prospect of large corpora invites new kinds of analysis and new types of scholarly interest. Much energy is now being directed at the development of more accessible tools for the investigation of literary texts and cultural history in a digital environment. This seminar will explore existing and potential modes of engaging in literary analysis digitally as a means of providing contexts for and making connections among texts, authors, and other related phenomena, with an emphasis on tools that are relatively accessible and easy to use. Our seminar will include both a critical consideration of and hands-on engagement with a range of existing tools and methods available for the analysis of textual materials, including the Orlando Project’s published and experimental interfaces; other tools explored will depend on participants’ interests, but will include such tools as MONK; ManyEyes; JiTR; Voyeur; Zotero; TimeLine; Wordhoard; and Mandala. No markup or coding experience is necessary for participation in this seminar. Students will have an opportunity to embark on a set of analyses or a project that reflects their particular interests, as well as being invited to participate in the evaluation of particular tools.