|In Memoriam – Glyn Salton-Cox
The English Department is devastated to announce the death over the New Year of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox. To his family, loved ones, and friends here, in his native Britain, and throughout the world, we offer our deepest and most heartfelt condolences. Glyn was a brilliant scholar, a very popular teacher, and the kindest of colleagues.
The Department of English invites you to a commemoration of our colleague Glyn Salton-Cox on Friday, March 3d, 2023.
We will gather in the Faculty Club’s Betty Elings Wells Pavilion at 3:00 pm and then move to the Terrace at 4:00 pm for a reception. Please let us know of any accessibility requests.
Studies in Literary Criticism and Theory
Literature Plus: Cross-Disciplinary Models of Literary Interpretation
- Course Number: ENGL 236
- Advisory Enrollment Information:
- Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 236
- Quarter: Winter 2010
Because of the recent, shared emphasis in many fields on digital methods, scholars in the humanities, arts, social sciences, and sciences increasingly need to collaborate across disciplines. This course reflects theoretically and practically on the new, digitally-facilitated interdisciplinarity by asking students to choose a literary work and use digital methods to treat it according to one or more of the research paradigms (including data-oriented paradigms) prevalent in other fields.
Students, for example, can choose a story or poem to model, simulate, map, data-mine, visualize, encode, text-analyze, sample, mashup, blog, social-network or redesign as a game, machinima, database, hypertext, mobile or locative installation, or virtual world.
What are the strengths and weaknesses of one kind of research paradigm by comparison with others, including the new paradigms in the literary field that some scholars have recently called “distance reading” (as opposed to “close reading”), “modeling,” and experimental “deformation”? For instance, what is the relation between “interpreting” and data-mining or graphing?
The course begins with discussion of selected theoretical readings and digital demos to set the stage. Readings include: Franco Moretti’s Graphs, Maps, Trees, Willard McCarty’s Humanities Computing, Lisa Samuels and Jerome McGann’s “Deformance and Interpretation,” and Stephen Ramsay’s “Toward an Algorithmic Criticism.” Demos include the following online or downloadable tools from a “Toy Chest” made available to the class—e.g., the TAPoR text-analysis tools, the Many Eyes visualization tools, the NetLogo agent-modeling environment, the Scratch visual programming environment, digital mapping tools, “mashup”-creation tools, social-networking and content-management-system platforms, the Ivanhoe literary interpretation game, Second Life, and other resources usable by non-programmers to create interesting projects.