This past semester, my course tackled the traditional DH assignment – “(Not) Reading a Nineteenth-Century Novel.” In a class focused on how DH fits within graduate study of English departments, the premise of the assignment made a lot of sense. These are literary scholars looking to understand how these tools fit within their research goals.
But as a public human(ist), my interests in the course were slightly different. Public humanities is for me a pedagogy – a collection of tools, methods, and theory to address reframing scholarship for community engagement and public works. So my biggest question coming out of this assignment was quite simple: what do these tools do to public understanding of a work?
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