The department holds an interest and has expertise in the field of Digital Humanities. Digital Humanities operates at the intersection of literary studies and computer science. The questions in this field are many: can we teach a computer to read and understand human language?
How is language changing, and can we map it computationally? Have you wondered how one could simultaneously read and make sense of a hundred novels? Is it possible to read images through computational means, and does it inform our understanding of art history? These are only some of the many questions we encounter in this field. From courses that teach students how to use computational methods to examine literature and literary questions to studies that discuss the effect of technology on our society, the department is committed to creating new spaces for inquiry within the umbrella of English Literary Studies.