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Teaching with Digital Humanities

Tools and Methods for Nineteenth-Century American Literature

How to use and build digital projects and how to incorporate into already established curriculum

Jennifer Travis and Jessica DeSpain present a long-overdue collection of theoretical perspectives and case studies aimed at teaching nineteenth-century American literature using digital humanities tools and methods. Scholars foundational to the development of digital humanities join educators who have made digital methods central to their practices. Together they discuss and illustrate how digital pedagogies deepen student learning. The collection's innovative approach allows the works to be read in any order.

Travis and DeSpain curate conversations on the value of project-based, collaborative learning; examples of real-world assignments where students combine close, collaborative, and computational reading; how digital humanities aids in the consideration of marginal texts; the ways in which an ethics of care can help students organize artifacts; and how an activist approach affects debates central to the study of difference in the nineteenth century.

"In this compelling collection of essays, Travis and DeSpain explore the many ways in which digital humanities scholarship is remaking the pedagogy of nineteenth-century American literature. Teaching with Digital Humanities highlights the virtues of estrangement--how we can better see books, manuscripts, and newspapers once they've been tagged, aggregated, or otherwise reconfigured. Both the material forms of texts and the contents they convey are ripe for fresh analysis in a digital environment. This book is an invaluable guide to teaching within a new horizon of possibility introduced by digital methods."--Kenneth M. Price, coeditor of The Walt Whitman Archive


Jennifer Travis is a professor and chair of English at St. John's University. Her most recent book is Danger and Vulnerability in Nineteenth-Century American Literature. Jessica DeSpain is an associate professor of English language and literature, editor of The Wide, Wide World Digital Edition, and codirector of the Interdisciplinary Research and Informatics Scholarship Center at Southern Illinois University Edwardsville. She is the author of Nineteenth-Century Transatlantic Reprinting and the Embodied Book.

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