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Digital Humanities

ENGL 278.601
crosslisted as: COML 066, SAST 066, RUSS 066
Thursday 6:00-9:00
fulfills requirements:
Sector 1: Theory and Poetics of the Standard Major
Sector 6: 20th Century Literature of the Standard Major

Among the recent trends in the humanistic disciplines, "Digital Humanities" has without any doubt been at the forefront in the past few years, but the fact remains that, beyond buzz-words such as data, metadata, text-mining or information extraction, few people know what exactly this label encompasses, and even fewer have tried to apply its methods and principles to their work. This course proposes a structured approach to some of the main tools used by digital humanists in real-life textbased projects; students will be introduced to XML and the TEI, to XSLT, to R (through the Stylo package) and to simple Python scripts (through NLTK, the Natural Language Tool Kit). All classes will be divided into two parts: a theoretical introduction and application exercises.