This website is for Prof. Andrew Stauffer’s ENNC 8500 graduate class, “The Digital Nineteenth Century,” at the University of Virgina, Spring 2012. We will be posting essays and reviews here related to the themes of the course.
Focused on nineteenth-century literary materials, this course will explore the theoretical, institutional, and practical issues involved in the translation of print objects into digital formats for scholarly use. At the same time, we will be reading certain core literary texts from the period and thinking about their relationship to media, technology, evidence, and information. On the editorial side, the course will emphasize the stakes, both local and systemic, of choices and protocols for creating digital versions of paper-based forms. Thus a certain portion of our time will be devoted to bibliographical and book-historical issues. Further, we will study various methodologies and tools for digital analysis and visualization of humanities information, including text-mining and geospatial mapping, exploring what digital technology has to offer literary criticism and historical studies of culture. Primarily, we will be working with nineteenth-century literary materials from Britain and America (1770-1920) and digital archives associated with NINES (http://nines.org), considering topics such as markup, data, metadata, search, interface, visualization, and archiving, with specific examples simultaneously brought to bear from the world of print and the digital environment