This course is an introduction to the use of information technology in literary and humanistic study. We will survey the field of digital humanities, or humanities computing as it is sometimes called, from electronic scholarly editing, to the computational analysis of style, theme, and structure, to considerations of the cultural impact of information technology on scholarly discourse, publishing, and the academy. We will also study several specific technologies in detail, including eXtensible Markup Language (XML) and the Text Encoding Initiative. Students will be expected to generate critical work on subjects related to digital humanities and to perform some hands-on exercises using technologies common in digital humanities research.
**Prior to the Fall 2013 semester, courses had the designation SLIS-S.