Certificate of Achievement

Mary Templeman Hogg - O'Rourke

has completed the following course:

Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading

University of Basel

This online course explored a variety of strategies for reading literature in the digital age, among them close reading, historical contextualization, hyper reading, social reading, distant reading, and surface reading.

6 weeks, 4 hours per week

Educators

Philipp Schweighauser

Professor of American and General Literatures

University of Basel

Transcript

Learning outcomes

  • Reflect on the different lay and professional reading strategies that are available for reading literature today.
  • Describe the various media in which we read literature in the digital age.
  • Identify the strengths and weaknesses of different reading strategies.
  • Apply the core method of literary studies: close reading.
  • Investigate the various strategies you use on a daily basis as you read online texts.
  • Engage in a cooperative form of online reading called social reading.
  • Compare two forms of historical readings of literary texts: historical and literary-historical contextualization.
  • Discuss the uses and limitations of distant reading, a recent scholarly approach to literary texts that relies on big data and computer analysis.
  • Report on your own distant reading experiment, using the Google Ngram Viewer.
  • Explore approaches to literary texts that do not seek to interpret them but focus on their surface and materiality.

Syllabus

  • The various media in which we read literature in the digital age
  • The strengths and weaknesses of different reading strategies
  • The core method of literary studies: close reading
  • The various strategies you use on a daily basis as you read online texts
  • A cooperative form of online reading called social reading
  • Forms of historical readings of literary texts: historical and literary-historical contextualization
  • Uses and limitations of distant reading, a recent scholarly approach to literary texts that relies on big data and computer analysis
  • Approaches to literary texts that do not seek to interpret them but focus on their surface and materiality

Issued on 21st May 2021

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Free online course:

Literature in the Digital Age: from Close Reading to Distant Reading

University of Basel