New Approaches in Digital Humanities – Digital Visualization Tools for Textual Analysis of Fan Fiction


Digital tools can be and are useful to scholars in the humanities, like myself, who work closely with various forms of text. I suggest that digital approaches to the field of literature can enhance our current practices greatly. I do understand the reluctance (to rely on data, to let computers “do the work for us”) but I also believe that digital tools do not necessarily replace our traditional analysis, but rather add another layer or dimension to the close-reading we have been taught and use. Continue reading “New Approaches in Digital Humanities – Digital Visualization Tools for Textual Analysis of Fan Fiction”

Student Blog Posts: Overview

As the course syllabus outlines, students will write four types of blog posts over the semester:


  • Digital Project “Case Study”: You will write and publish a blog post that reviews at least one digital project in-depth. This project doesn’t necessarily have to be a model you seek to imitate in your own work, but taking that approach might be useful to you.
  • Social Media and Public Humanities: You will discuss some dimension of the role of social media in the field of public humanities. You may also decide to take a more active / participatory role in social media here (and document that in your blog post): crowdsourcing information on Twitter, brainstorming the circulation of your own digital project on social media, creating a Twitter bot or Twitter archive, etc.
  • Mystery Post! Aka a post related to at least one reading / resource discussed in class: While you have a degree of flexibility with each assignment, this one gives you even more flexibility. I’ve provided this as an option with the understanding that different students might have different interests / responses to particular topics. That being said, some of you might end up writing about the same texts / projects, which is fine with me.
  • Digital Project Debrief: To be completed towards the end of the semester. Here I’d like you to think about your objectives, resources, completed work, next steps, etc.

Important note for student bloggers: please make sure to use the “blog” category when posting work; otherwise, your posts won’t appear on this page. Use the “Categories” widget when you’re in “Edit Post” mode in WP.