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ENGL 105i, Section 005
English Composition and Rhetoric: Writing in Digital Humanities

Monday, Wednesday, & Friday 1:25pm-2:15pm

Greenlaw Hall Room 316

Spring 2019

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Instructor: Grant Glass


Office: Greenlaw 505

Office Hours: Friday 9:00am-12:00pm and by appointment


Course description

Mark-up, coding, metadata, data visualization…these technological words may seem completely unrelated to fields of study such as Literature, Philosophy, History, and Art, but they actually play a key role in shaping culture, society, and human thought today – issues at the heart of the Humanities. As a result, a new interdisciplinary area of study, known as Digital Humanities (DH), has emerged to explore the role of technology in society and use new digital methods to analyze traditional materials in the Humanities, such as texts, objects, and archives. In English 105i: Writing in the Digital Humanities, we will explore this new area of study by participating in a joint DUKE-UNC DH project in which you will learn key methods in DH and the types of composition and writing that result from it.


Course Website:

Project Website:


Course objectives
In this course, students will learn to:

  1. Reimagine, redefine, and understand the complexities of rhetoric.
  2. Develop writing strategies, processes, and editing skills to help you more confidently write.
  3. Compose across technologies and modalities in words, maps, images, video, and archives.
  4. Identify, evaluate, and appropriately use relevant research and resources to support your compositions.
  5. Situate texts within its particular historical, social, and cultural context.
  6. Understand, interrogate, and re-think how history is conceived of in the present.

Required Texts

  • UNC Writing Program. The Tarheel Writing Guide, 2017. (Please make sure it is the current edition).
  • Readings Posted and Available on the Course Website.
  • A fully charged laptop (equipped with Microsoft Word, Pages or Google Docs).


Schedule Overview:

Wednesday, 1/9: FirstDayOfClass

Monday, 1/21: Martin Luther King, Jr. Day (no classes)

Monday, 3/11 – Friday, 3/15: Spring Break (no classes)

Friday, 3/19: Good Friday (no classes)

Friday, 4/26: LastDayOfClass