Upcoming Courses

Projected Courses for 2022/2023
Winter 2023

TXTDS 401 / TXTDS 501: Text Technologies: Reading and Writing in the Middle Ages
Offered jointly with: HONORS 211, FRENCH 474. See course in MyPlan
Professor Beatrice Arduini
GE: A&H, SSc. TXTDS minor and graduate certificate core course

Description: This course will provide a foundation for the knowledge and skills necessary to deal with manuscripts, their languages, and sources in the medieval period. We will consider the techniques, terminology, and bibliography of manuscript scholarship with a special emphasis on the production of manuscripts from Antiquity through the Renaissance, the evolution of scripts, the rise of literacy, the development of libraries, and the impact of evolving forms in the literary tradition. We will also engage in the scholarly debate regarding centers of production, scribes, type of manuscripts and texts, codicological and paleographical and linguistic features, sources and theological background. The stress on the practical application of theoretical principles will give students both a solid foundation and also ‘hands-on’ experience in the cataloguing, transcribing, and editing of original manuscripts. We will look at specific manuscripts held at the UW Special Collections in both print and digital formats, setting the manuscripts in their historical and social contexts. Taught in English.

TXTDS 404: Texts, Publics, and Publication: Power, Publishing, and 20th-Century Literature
Offered jointly with: ENGL 440. See course in MyPlan
Professor Anna Preus
GE: A&H, SSc. TXTDS minor core course

Description: Who decides what gets printed? How do publishing conditions affect our conception of literary movements? And how did authors from around the world navigate the publishing industry in England during the high period of British imperialism? This course traces histories of publishing in the 20th century, focusing in particular on works published with independent and non-commercial presses. We will discuss books by a range of authors–including Rabindranath Tagore, W.B. Yeats, Claude McKay, Mulk Raj Anand, Chinua Achebe, Jamaica Kincaid, and Tsitsi Dangarembga–in the context of their publication histories and material forms. In addition to looking at the historical circumstances of publishing, we will explore 21st-century interpretations of modern texts in the form of digital editions, online archives, and other forms of interactive media. The final project for the course will be a substantial research paper, which students will work on over the course of the quarter. This course will take place in person.

TXTDS 501: Text Technologies: History of the Book in South Asia
Offered jointly with: ASIAN 541. See course in MyPlan
Professor Jennifer Dubrow
TXTDS graduate certificate core course

Description: Historical, conceptual, theoretical, and critical perspectives on world texts from antiquity to the digital age. Manuscript circulation of texts in the Middle Ages and modern times; global histories of the rise and spread of print technologies; preservation, access, reuse, and recycling of text. Impacts of digitization and textual data on reading and on repositories and institutions, such as libraries.

ART H 400: Art History and Criticism: Haiti and Print Culture in the Age of Revolution.
See course in MyPlan
Professor Jennifer Baez
GE: A&H. TXTDS minor elective

Description: This course considers printed material and ephemera that circulated in the Black Atlantic during the runup to and the aftermath of the Haitian Revolution. Our goal is to trace how print media created affective networks. Each week centers different topoi leading to The Burning Plantation theme; that is, images produced to activate anxiety over the threat of slaves uprising. Students will engage a variety of printed images including imperial cartography, portraits of revolutionary leaders, and depictions of the laboring black body. Paired readings will highlight the role of different types of printed media in forming specific readerships. Many readings will also come from the edited volume Early Black Atlantic Print Culture with case studies connecting the U.S., Europe, and Africa. The final project is a digital, student-led exhibition that reflects on Black Atlantic print culture in relation to the meaning-making possibilities of its circulation, handling, translation, and re-purposing.

INFO 498: Special Topics in Informatics: Introducing Digital Humanities.
See course in MyPlan
Professor Sarah Ketchley
TXTDS minor elective

Description: An Introduction to Digital Humanities will explore current digital humanities projects, methods, tools, and debates. Students will have a unique and exciting opportunity for the hands-on application of digital tools to primary source material from the a range of digital archives in a collaborative setting. Previous classes have worked with material ranging from historical menus, Great Western Railway timetables, to newspaper reports of the discovery of King Tut’s tomb in 1922. This is a no-prerequisite skills-building class!

LIS 529 A: Digital Humanities Librarianship.
Professor Helene Williams
TXTDS graduate certificate core course

Description: Investigation of the intersections between content and technology in humanities librarianship with a focus on information problems and resources in the fields of philosophy, religion, the arts, language, and literature.

Spring 2023

TXTDS 413: Texts, Data, and Computation: Introduction to Cultural Analytics
Offered jointly with: INFO 498
GE: A&H, RSN. TXTDS core course

TXTDS 503: Archives, Data, and Databases: 20th Century Book History and Digital Humanities
Offered jointly with: ENGL 504
TXTDS graduate certificate core course

NEAR E 286/GLITS 314B: Middle East Illustrated
TXTDS minor elective