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References from lecture on text analysis

Rome Reborn 2.2: A Tour of Ancient Rome in 320 CE from Bernard Frischer on Vimeo.

Still more discussion of digital bibliography assignment

(11 mins, repeats lecture as well as previous audio file)

Further discussion of digital bibliography assignment

MP3 file (8MB, 8 minutes)

< Note: this audio file is meant to follow the written text of the assignment, which is posted below. >

Digital bibliography exercise

Due: hard copy in lecture on the last day of the term (Wednesday, December 2)

Format: typed questionnaire, no length requirement

(1) Find a copy of your favorite pre-1920 text in three of the following online repositories: Google Books, Project Gutenberg, Internet Archive, HathiTrust Digital Library.

// Exception: it cannot be Hard Times because I am using it as an example in lecture.
// Choose just 3 of the 4 repositories listed here.
// I specify “favorite” because you are likely to be more interested in the results, but any pre-1920 text will suffice.
// “a copy” = one copy

(2) Answer these questions for each repository (questionnaire format is fine):

Which editions of your chosen book are held there (publisher & year)?
Which formats are available?
Can you download a copy?
What is the source of the digital text?
Can you annotate and report errors? What is the search functionality?
What are the restrictions on use?
Anything else notable?

Further discussion of SocialBook assignment

MP3 file with further discussion of SocialBook assignment [spoilers] (6MB, 6 minutes)

< Sample SocialBook annotations shown in lecture on Monday >

If you are off campus, whether here in Santa Barbara or at home, you will need to use the proxy server to access the archives and databases through the UCSB library website <>. It is the first option in the pull-down menu in the upper-right corner of the site.


SocialBook assignment


Use an online library resource to create a scholarly footnote for Hard Times. Your footnote will entail both annotation (comment upon) and historical research.

–  Email invitations to a SocialBook group will be sent Monday Tuesday night. On Wednesday let me know if you have not yet received one.
– Browser recommendation: Safari or Chrome
– The English department has a dedicated TA to assist with media/technology issues. She holds regular lab hours in South Hall 2509.
– Deadline: end of Week 9 [Thanksgiving weekend]
– Assessment: exemplary, proficient, developing

Library resources (use a proxy server if you are not on campus)
Oxford English Dictionary; Times (London) archive; Nineteenth Century Collections Online (NCCO); C19 Index; Historical Newspapers Online
–> Other indexes and research databases available from the Davidson Library page:

  • Oxford English Dictionary option: gloss a word in Hard Times. See what meaning is operative in *a twenty-year period around the date of publication*. How does a change or difference in definition affect your reading? [Note: you must use the OED to account for the meaning of your chosen word in the mid 19th century.]
  • Everyday life: look up some aspect of the fictional world of the novel (again working with about a 20-year period). How does it illuminate your reading?
  • Object option: look up a material object to find out the meaning or significance of this object in Dickens’ moment. How does it function within the text?
  • Periodicals option: look up a review of Hard Times from around the date of publication. What aspects of the text were singled out for comment?
  • Manuscript option: research some aspect of the publication of Hard Times (e.g. serialization, advertisements in the magazine, Household Words). What do you learn about the audience or publication practices?


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Narrative & the empathetic imagination

PDF with secondary material used in lecture on the novel

Walking City (video sculpture)

Performance of John Cage, 4’33”

Still more discussion of midterm papers

MP3 file (5 minutes, 1.5MB, admittedly low quality and reiterative)

References from lecture on Harvest

PDF file with secondary references used in lecture on Harvest


Further discussion of midterm papers

Audio file (8 min, 6MB): further discussion of midterm papers

Campus Learning Assistant Services (CLAS) offers tutoring in writing.

Citation information for “The Briefing” is tricky so I’ll reproduce it here:

Budak, Adam, Anselm Franke, and Hila Peleg. Companion: Manifesta 7: The European Biennial of Contemporary Art. Cinisello Balsamo, Milano: Silvana, 2008. Print.