This is the course blog for ‘Digital Modernisms‘, an MSC option course running at the University of Edinburgh in 2013, led by Dr Lisa Otty.

In this course we will be examining the intersection of Digital Humanities and Modernism studies.  Scholars of literary modernism have embraced the potential of digital technologies in recent years, using them to develop innovative modes of analysis and new critical forms and to generate new insights into modernist literature.  At the same time, many of the key paradigms that we associate with modernism—ideas about the radical and the new, the inter-medial and the experimental—have underpinned debate about the value of digital media and digital scholarship.  We will analyse some of the projects and discussions that have resulted from this mutual engagement, evaluating their contribution to Modernist scholarship, considering the kinds of questions that they raise, and contextualising them in broader debates.  At the same time, we will be conducting our own practical exploration of digital humanities tools and methods, experimenting with techniques such as text mining, network analysis, digital mapping and digital archiving.

Mytro is a 23 year-old Greek, and an enthusiastic postgraduate student with an interest in English Literature and Modernity. She is currently situated in Edinburgh doing an MSc in English Literature and Modernity. She likes travelling and moving to a variety of places, meeting and sharing multicultural experiences and experiencing new academic challenges. She is very keen on contemporary dance and Japanese language and culture.

Olivia is from Singapore and is doing her masters in Literature & Modernity at the University of Edinburgh.  She likes modernist literature, genre fiction and knitting.  This is her first brush with digital scholarship, and she hopes it will take her to wonderful new places.

Lennart is a 23 year old masters student of 20th century literature at the University of Edinburgh. He is particularly interested in the relationship between science, literature and literary criticism and hopes that learning about the Digital Humanities will offer exciting new perspectives on these relationships. He enjoys doing Karate, playing the guitar and musing over the literary qualities of stand-up comedy and videogames/roleplaying games.


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