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English 573: Editing in a Digital Age (Fall 2023)

English 573: Editing in a Digital Age

English 573:  Editing in a Digital Age

Fall 2023, 3 credits

Tuesdays and Thursdays, 1:30-2:45, Avery 110 and via Zoom

Dr. Donna Campbell, campbelld@wsu.edu

Office Hours: T-Th 12-1 and by appointment, in-person (Avery 357) or via Zoom

Requirements: Fulfills DH elective requirement; 19th-century or 20th century historical period requirement

Course Description

English 573: Editing in a Digital Age asks the following question: “What is a good critical edition, and can, or should, the same features be translated into digital form?” We’ll read Edith Wharton, Mourning Dove, and Nella Larsen in the publication context of their works both during their own day and will look at digital editions of other authors.

In this course, you’ll be introduced to traditional editing practices and to theories of digital humanities and online editions through readings in The Broadview Reader in Book Historyand other articles. We will also read literary criticism on the authors we read to understand the historical, interpretive, and publication histories of the author and the texts that he or she produced in a particular cultural moment.

This is not a technical DH class where you’ll be expected to use advanced tools and languages, and–very important–you do not need to know any more than basic information that you already have. We’ll look at underlying structures online and theoretical material that will help you to frame your understanding conceptually.

Required Texts

  • 9781554810888   Broadview Reader in Book History by Levy, Michelle
  • 9780803281103   Cogewea, the Half Blood : A Depiction of the Great Montana Cattle Range by Mourning, Dove / Sho-Pow-Tan / Lucullus, Virgil McWhorter
  • 9780385721004   Complete Fiction of Nella Larsen by Larsen, Nella
  • 9780393624540   House of Mirth by Wharton, Edith  (Norton Critical Edtion, 2d ed., 2018)
  • 9781551116730   Custom of the Country by Wharton, Edith (Broadview Edition)
  • 9780393967944   Age of Innocence by Wharton, Edith (Norton Critical Edition)

DRAFT – – – DRAFT – – – DRAFT – – – DRAFT – – –  (NOT FINAL UNTIL AUGUST 21, 2023)