Digital Literary Studies


Course Objective

- The student learns about the possibilities that digital sources and
corpora have when researching literary texts.
- The student is able to conduct independent ICT-related research
connected to literary studies, for instance in the field of corpora and
- The student can reflect on the values as well as the limitations that
digital research methods can offer in comparison to other methods.
- The student is able to report about her or his findings verbally as
well as in writing, in an appropriate academic style.

Course Content

In this course you will learn to use digital methods to study literature
and reading reception. You will, for instance, analyze various forms in
which literary texts are digitally available and you will probe what
different methods of research exist to study literary texts digitally.
We will focus on the question how you can use digital means to answer
relevant literary questions, and for this you will explore one specific
case study. In this way you learn what added values digital tools can
have for literary studies.

Teaching Methods

Lectures, 1 x 2 hours per week. Seminar meetings, 2 x 2 hours per week.

Method of Assessment

Course assessment is based on several graded written assignments. The
final grade is derived from the weighted average of all graded
assignments. There is no resit possibility for individual assignments
that receive a low grade. Further requirements: (i) all assignments have
to be handed in on time (see Canvas for the weekly deadlines); (ii)
attendance of the seminar meetings is mandatory; (iii) active
participation during the seminars is also mandatory. If you do not
fulfill these requirements, or if you do not get a passing final grade,
you will need to complete one or more extra assignments to successfully
pass the course.

Entry Requirements

Students must have taken part in the modules “Literary Theory” and
“Genre and Literary Analysis.”


To be announced in the course syllabus, which will be posted on Canvas.

Target Audience

This module is part of the Bachelor’s program English Literature &

Additional Information

Timely submission of the assignments is a condition for attendance of
the seminars. Attendance in the course seminars is compulsory. If you
are absent at more than 20% of the seminars, you cannot pass the course.
Exceptions may be made in grave personal circumstances. Make sure to
inform both your lecturer and the student advisor in such cases.

Custom Course Registration

There is a slightly different enrollment procedure for this module. The standard procedure of the Faculty of Humanities has students sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the lectures, (iii) the preferred seminar group, and (iv) the exam. However, for this module the instructor will assign the students to the seminar groups. Therefore, students should sign up for (i) the module, (ii) the lectures, and (iv) the exam, but not for (iii) the seminar groups.

General Information

Course Code L_AABAALG102
Credits 6 EC
Period P5
Course Level 100
Language of Tuition English
Faculty Faculty of Humanities
Course Coordinator F. Camps MA
Examiner prof. dr. D.M. Oostdijk
Teaching Staff F. Camps MA
drs. B.F. Stuyvenberg

Practical Information

You need to register for this course yourself

Last-minute registration is available for this course.

Teaching Methods Lecture, Seminar*

*You cannot select a group yourself for this teaching method, you will be placed in a group.

Target audiences

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