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Professor Deena Engel
Clinical Professor
Department of Computer Science, Courant Institute
251 Mercer Street, Room 422
New York, New York 10012 - Tel.: 212-998-3131

Professor Marion Thain
Visiting Professor
Department of English
244 Green Street Room 609
New York, New York 10012

ENGL-GA.2971

Class time: Monday 6:00- 8:00pm in 244 Greene Street, Room 105
Lab Session: Tuesday 1-3pm in Multi-Media / Macintosh Classroom at the Washington Place Lab,( downstairs), 14 Washington Place
Prof. Thain office hours: Tuesdays 3:00 - 4:00, 244 Green Street, Room 609
Prof. Engel office hours: Mondays 4:00 - 5:00; Thursdays 1:00 - 3:00, 251 Mercer Street (Warren Weaver Hall), Room 422


The interface of technology and the humanities represents a key to the future, yet many students feel they lack the skills to access this potential. This course offers an introduction to web development and digital publication especially created for students in the Humanities, with a view to equipping you with knowledge foundational for reflective engagement with the new media of literary creation and dissemination. Students will survey the principles of current technologies and apply them through practice as they learn the skills and techniques for formatting and publishing archival materials in a web-based environment. The course builds towards the creation of a digital edition, giving you the opportunity to work with primary source materials available through NYU's rich archival collections (these include a wide variety of printed texts, manuscripts and images from which to select according to your interests).

The course will consist of a traditional classroom lecture and discussion format as well as computer lab sessions to promote and assist students as they work on each of their three projects in this course. Each student will have an account on a production webserver to post their work and learn to install and configure a Wordpress site specifically tailored to his or her primary source materials. Topics and assigned projects will begin with an introduction to mark-up languages and building a site of related web pages followed by a project centered on encoding and annotating digital texts for scholarly purposes. The final project involves photographing or scanning, transcribing, and encoding digital texts to build an on-line archive, which has the potential to be published and housed on a server as a lasting contribution to the world of online open-access scholarship.