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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


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

Course Structure

This course will consist of a weekly lecture and discussion format to cover concepts and to work through technical examples together in class. In addition, Prof Engel will hold a weekly two-hour session in the ITS Multi-Media lab to be available to students individually as they work on their projects and Prof Thain will hold a weekly office hour in her office to suport students in their literary research. Students are encouraged to ask questions specific to their level of expertise with respect to technology and to work on projects in their fields of interest in literature.

Course Materials

Required Textbooks:

Terry Felke-Morris -
ISBN-13: 978-0-13-278339-2; ISBN-10: 0-13-278339-8


eTextbook: http://www.coursesmart.com/web-development-and-design-foundations-with/terry-ann-felke-morris/dp/9780132783460  ISBN-13:978-0-13-278339-2

Optional Textbooks:

XML in a Nutshell by Elliotte Rusty Harold; W. Scott Means; Publisher: O’Reilly; Pub Date: September 2004; ISBN: 0-596-00764-7

This book is also available through the Bobst OnLine Library: See http://proquestcombo.safaribooksonline.com/0596007647

WordPress: The Missing Manual
The Complete Guide to Building Blogs and Corporate Websites
By Matthew MacDonald
Publisher: O'Reilly Media
Released: October 2012

Print ISBN: 978-1-4493-0984-8 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-0984-4
Ebook ISBN: 978-1-4493-1392-0 | ISBN 10: 1-4493-1392-2

On-Line Textbooks:

A Companion to Digital Humanities
Ed. Susan Schreibman, Ray Siemens, John Unsworth.
Oxford: Blackwell, 2004.


A Companion to Digital Literary Studies
Ed. Susan Schreibman and Ray Siemens
Oxford: Blackwell, 2008.

Paperback Edition:
Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell; 1 edition (June 4, 2013)
ISBN-10: 1118492277; ISBN-13: 978-1118492277


All of the software will be available in the ITS multi-media lab at no charge. Students who wish to work on their own machines might consider either 30-day trial versions of proprietary software (such as the Adobe products or Oxygen) or purchasing such software through the NYU Computer store or other venue to benefit from academic pricing. In addition, every student will have an account on a Computer Science Department web server for posting all assignments and projects at no charge.

Archival Materials

Students will work with archival materials from New York University’s Fales Library and Special Collections and other resources available through New York University’s libraries. It will be the responsibility of students who wish to pursue further research on their primary source materials to discuss issues of copyright with our archivists and library staff. 

Topics - Click here for the Course Schedule

The course is divided into three broad sections; each one building on the previous topic.

Course Requirements and Assignments

There will be numerous readings as well as three hands-on student projects required during the semester. All three projects will be posted to the student's website. Students will present their final project to the class at the end of the semester in lieu of a final exam.