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Fall 2016

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Introduction To Spanish Literature/Introducción A La Literatura Española


This assignment represents an initial attempt to redesign Spanish 022, an introductory survey of Spanish literature from the Middle Ages through the present, in a manner that integrates digital tools with literary and historical scholarship at the undergraduate level. In addition to more traditional methods of critical analysis, students will be asked to engage with and develop complementary modes of thinking about and presenting the history of Spanish literature through practices associated with ‘distant reading’ and the development of a digital exhibition consisting of a visual and textual chronology of Spanish literature from its origins through the twenty-first century. The central objective of this redesign is to enable students to engage with a broad array of material in a non-traditional format in order to better understand the relationships that emerge between different objects of study; to assemble these objects of study according to both linear and non-linear models; and to visualize and present verbal data in unconventional and unexpected ways.

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Swarthmore College Provost Office

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Professor Eli Cohen was awarded a Digital Humanities Curricular Grant from the Swarthmore College Provost's Office for use in his Fall 2016 course, Introduction To Spanish Literature/Introducción A La Literatura Española (SPAN 22). The course syllabus, assignment instructions, and a screenshot documenting one of the assignments are made freely available here courtesy of the author.

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La Historia De La Literature Española: Un Viaje Visual-Textual