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2013/14 Undergraduate Module Catalogue

ENGL3292 Beyond the Book: Textuality after the World Wide Web

20 creditsClass Size: 10

School of English

Module manager: Dr. James Mussell

Taught: Semester 2 (Jan to Jun) View Timetable

Year running 2013/14

Pre-requisite qualifications

Grade B at 'A' Level in English Language or Literature or equivalent or an achieved mark of 56 or above in a Level 1 module in English.

This module is not approved as an Elective


Printed paper, usually bound into volumes called books, has been the principal mode of communicating and storing information for the past six hundred years. As we come to increasingly depend on a range of digital technologies, the ways in which we store, access and process texts are changing, with profound consequences for the way in which we organize our culture. By showing how textuality changes when produced by new modes of reading and writing, this course demonstrates the significance of media and mediation in encounters with material from the past. As well as discussing various aspects of digital culture including the history of the web, social media, digital textuality, and copyright, students will also learn basic encoding skills in HTML and XML.

Learning outcomes
By the end of the module students will be able to:

Recognize how different media affect the possibilities of representation
Use a range of theoretical approaches to analyze new media.
Understand how digital resources are constructed and published online.
Produce simple web pages in HTML
Produce TEI-encoded transcripts in XML
Discuss different editorial strategies and reflect on their politics.


The course introduces students to issues in digital culture; the history of the book; and textual scholarship and editing. There are no set texts as such, but students will be expected to do the secondary reading and exercises set out in advance of class. The weekly seminars will be accompanied by five lab sessions in which students will learn text encoding (in HTML and XML). Seminars may include the following:
Hypertext theory
Digital materiality
Digital archives
Textual editing
Social media
Intellectual property
Introduction to text encoding
Data and visualisation;

Teaching methods

Delivery typeNumberLength hoursStudent hours
Private study hours185.00
Total Contact hours15.00
Total hours (100hr per 10 credits)200.00

Private study

Private Study: Reading, seminar preparation, essay writing.

Opportunities for Formative Feedback

- Contribution to seminars
- 1,700 word unassessed essay

Methods of assessment

Assessment typeNotes% of formal assessment
EssayA digital transcript and accompanying essay of 4000 words (including notes and quotations).100.00
Total percentage (Assessment Coursework)100.00

One unassessed essay of 1,700 words is required (submitted during Week 7). this does not form part of the assessement for the module, but is a requirement and MUST be submitted. Students who fail to submit the unassessed essay will be awarded a maximum mark of 40 for the module (a bare pass).

Reading list

The reading list is available from the Library website

Last updated: 28/02/2014


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