Digital Shakespeare Webtexts
In this assignment, you will create your own digital “edition” of King Lear to gain first hand experience with ways collaboration and technology shape the texts we read. In addition to learning how to “think like a textual editor,” this project also invites you to close read the scene you chose through current trends in King Lear scholarship and performance studies. Since King Lear is a famous example of a problem text, i.e. the play’s two extant editions vary widely, it shows how textual scholars, editors, literary critics, directors, audiences, and print technologies collaborate to produce the texts we read.
Projected Learning Outcomes
- The first section needs to introduce the site and yourself to users. Develop by answering the following: What is the overall goal or central theme that holds the whole site together? What problems in Shakespeare did you uncover, and how did you address those problems?
- In the second section, reflect on and describe the knowledge/skills you used to accomplish the different assignments. How was writing for one setting different than writing for another? Did writing in different modes help you to develop one or two key concepts or skills? How did writing in the different modes allow you to address problems in Shakespeare in ways only one mode might not have?
- In the final section, speculate on what knowledge and skills gained in the course may transfer to future course work. For instance, how might moving from argument driven analysis to visual rendering and then back again apply to solving problems in STEM fields? How can you use Shakespeare as a conceptual frame to think (and solve) contemporary problems? How does Shakespeare help us imagine new futures now?
- Develop user interest on static pages by including images, pull quotes, linking to relevant interest. You may even want to include video or audio where relevant.
- Develop your site with new header and background images or colors.
- Make sure your navigation is easy to use, which may mean giving your static pages more succinct names.
- Develop static page sidebars with widgits, links, and tags
- Is the reflection essay and site in general organized around a clearly articulated theme, goal, claim?
- Does the designe support the content?
- Does author clearly articulate skills/content gained over the course of the semester?
- Are all required pages/posts present?
- Does the site provide new insights into Shakespeare, the environment, or writing with new media?
- Was final version ready on or before Dec 11 at 5:00?