Featured Undergraduate Courses

Spring 2019

LIT 4930 Introduction to Digital Humanities
Prof. Carla María Thomas
WF 12:30 - 1:50

This course provides a general introduction to the digital humanities (aka DH). We will explore various perspectives in DH and a variety of DH tools, such as digital archives of works hundreds of years old or graphic visualizations of a literary corpus. The course will combine the practical with the theoretical, posing such questions as: 

What is DH?
What kinds of DH projects exist?
How can DH help with literary or other study in humanities fields?
What are the ethics that should be considered when approaching or critiquing
a digital project?  

All technologies are complex, socially situated, and political tools through which humans make meaning. This course will not only provide you with some practical DH knowledge, but it will also encourage you to be more critical and reflective when engaging with digital tools, technologies, and spaces.

AML 4930 William Faulkner
Prof. Taylor Hagood
TR 12:30 - 1:50

William Faulkner is one of the greatest writers in American literary history. A major modernist and a tremendous influence on countless writers, including Toni Morrison and Gabriel García Márquez, Faulkner delved deeply into the complexities of human psychology and interaction. He did so via a prose style dense with imagery, sound, and metaphor, and he took daring risks in an effort to present what he understood to be truths of language, thought, fear, desire, disappointment, sacrifice, and other fundamental aspects of what he considered to be defining features of humanity. Along the way he presented vivid settings inhabited by nonhuman as well as human entities. Although he did produce works not set in the South, the bulk of his oeuvre not only is set in that region but it grapples with the terrible history of interracial conflict, environmental devastation, and political upheaval from vitally important competing viewpoints. This course will focus on a manageable selection of Faulkner’s works in the context of his biography, his historical moment, the nature of literary artistry, and the massive socio-political situations of his moment, his past, and our own time, for, as former President Barack Obama quoted Faulkner saying, “the past is never dead. It is not even past.”