Reminder: The DHC is sponsoring a #Keywords (Chat on Digital Culture) Weds 3/1 at noon.

In-class Twine Work (30min)

Develop your project. Get help from peers or Prof.
Review requirements:

Reading Discussion

  • New Companion to DH: Electronic Literature As Digital Humanities, Scott Rettberg.
    • Composing electronic literature is a form of practicing DH, because it involves "not an application of digital tools to a traditional form of humanities research, but rather experiments in the creation of new forms native to the digital environment" (127); E-lit "explores the effects and affordance of computational devices and the network on literary practice" (128), >> i.e. composition and reading?
    • The critical/creative divide in English (AWP, MLA) pertains less in E-lit, where "new works function as individual artistic expressions but also as documented experiments in applied technology and formal innovation" (129) (see history of Storyspace with Joyce, Bolter, and Smith.)
      • ex., Montfort and Strickland's Sea and Spar Between in which material from Melville and Dickinson "using a quantatively determined corpus and recombined according to certain human aesthetic-determined qualitative methods applied algorithmically .... an enormous canvas of potential poetry."
  • LDA “Literature ...Digital Master Medium” C8, pp. 175-197.
    • Digital as a "master" or "meta-" medium (175-6); Nietzsche and Wagnerian opera as precursor, melding of Apollonian(print) and Dionysian(image/music); Inanimate Alice's interactivity and electro-smog / YHC's Dakota as instances of the limitations of literary textuality : unassimilable (T/F?).
    • Arguments as to narrative in games (188); even rich simulations come up against an ending when "world runs out" (190), see Stanley Parable; potential / interest remains in the development of Bogost's "procedural rhetoric" (196), where videogames describe and also enable players to act it out. (196; cf. Austin, Fish): "to play it successfully is to act out the psychic recalibration it seeks to achieve" (197)

Homework: Twine due Thursday. Please upload to your Github (test it!) and provide a link from your homepage. Read: LDA “Quantitative Approaches” C5, pp. 82-132

Solution for those who want their background image to change with each slide:

So the solution to changing the background image with each slide of Twine is so easy we just overlooked it. Twine can read HTML. Oh. Right. So just add the necessary HTML to the start of each Twine passage and, voila! New image each time. Like so:

body {
background-image: url("http://image.shutterstock.com/z/stock-photo-beagle-dog-in-front-of-a-white-background-76764031.jpg");


  • Discussion of Quantitative Approaches
  • Introduction to QA/text visualization through Voyant

Voyant Workshop

UPLOAD and SUBMIT your Twine projects by 9pm today.

Read: DHPed10. Teaching Computer-Assisted Text Analysis Stéfan Sinclair and Geoffrey Rockwell. LDSATanya Clement, “Text Analysis, Data Mining, and Visualizations in Literary Scholarship”

Optional: LSDA. Sinclair, Ruecker, and Radzikowska, Information Visualization for Humanities Scholar”