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Core Courses

Spring 2022
MW 9.45-11.15
Anna Mukamal

This course will train students in applied methods for computationally analyzing texts for humanities research. The skills students will gain will include basic programming for textual analysis, applied statistical evaluation of results and the ability to present these results within a formal research paper or presentation. Students in the course will also learn the prerequisite steps of such an analysis including corpus selection and cleaning, metadata collection, and selecting and creating an appropriate visualization for the results.  

Fulfills WAYS AQR

Winter 2022
MW 1.30-3.00
Katherine Hill Reischl

Russia in Color seeks to understand the application, evolution, and perception of color in art, art history, and popular culture – in (Soviet) Russia and emigration. This artifact-based course will explore the rich holdings of the Cantor Arts Collection as selections of art works are be paired with theoretical and cultural readings (media theory, philosophy, literature, science). With a particular focus on Russian and East European objects, the course will include a basic introduction to color terminology, guest lectures on the technologies color printing, the science of color perception, and a hands-on practicum in color mixing/pigmentation. In addition to direct encounters with material and artifact, our course will seek to better understand the digital experience of art objects in general, and color in particular. We will work closely with digital catalogs (from the Cantor Arts Collection to the Tretyakov Galleries in Russia) and digital humanities projects, each of which will make remote access to works possible. Classes will take place in the Cantor Arts Museum as well as the Hoover Institution.

Fall 2021
TTH 9.30-11.15
Professor Giovanna Ceserani & Sinead Brennan-McMahon

Classical Italy attracted thousands of travelers throughout the 1700s. Referring to their journey as the "Grand Tour," travelers pursued intellectual passions, promoted careers, and satisfied wanderlust, all while collecting antiquities to fill museums and estates back home. What can computational approaches tell us about who traveled, where and why? We will read travel accounts; experiment with parsing; and visualize historical data. Final projects to form credited contributions to the Grand Tour Project, a cutting- edge digital platform. No prior programming experience necessary.

Fulfills Ways A-II and A-SI

T 9.45-12.45 SPRING 2022
Mark Algee-Hewitt
T 1.30-4.30 SPRING 2022
Elaine Treharne

If the Mona Lisa is in The Louvre, where then is Hamlet?¿ (F. W. Bateson) This question recognizes the fluidity of a text's interpretation and varying modes of reproduction through time and space. It also asks what and where the authentic text might be. This is significant as most texts we read are neither as they were originally produced, nor transmitted as they were probably intended. Instead, they're mediated by editors or adaptors or translators or filmmakers. This course will focus on investigating the complexities of the concept of text¿including its intentionality, materiality, authenticity, and authorial agenda. Students will hone techniques to read, question and interpret texts in their "raw" form, and acquire the skills to transform original texts into publishable forms from the book-like to the digital and multimedia. Authors will include Geoffrey Chaucer, William Blake, Virginia Woolf, Toni Morrison, Kurt Cobain and historical and contemporary archival sources.