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Displaying a 'Genius' for the Digital Humanities

Assistant Professor Eric Weiskott made headlines recently when he invited students to annotate The Canterbury Tales using the website Read Rosanne Pellegrini's article about this in the Boston College Chronicle.  

The English Department’s Digital Humanities initiative is dedicated to promoting and cataloguing department-based projects which utilize new technologies in order to inform and further our pedagogy. By aligning with other digital humanities ventures on the Boston College campus and in the greater Boston area, we intend for this site to serve as a resource for those wishing to incorporate digital humanities practices in their courses.  


This year's James Joyce conference, “Joyce & the Digital Humanities,”  took place on April 5 at Higgins Hall. Presented by Professor Joseph Nugent and the Institute for Liberal Arts, the event included an introduction by The Consul-General of Ireland, Breandán Ó Caollaí, a keynote address by Fintan O'Toole and presentations by Orla Murphy and Sean Latham.

Joyce and the digital humanities
Forgotten Chapters

Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History

In the spring of 2012, Paul Lewis, working with a team of BC English majors, curated an exhibition called "Forgotten Chapters of Boston's Literary History” at the Boston Public Library and Massachusetts Historical Society. As part of the exhibit, Lewis created a website that includes "chapters" from the show, audio files of introductions, recitations, and discussions, and an interactive map of Literary Boston.

JoyceWays by Professor Nugent


Professor Joseph Nugent made international news in the summer of 2012 when he launched the “JoyceWays” iOS app. Created with assistance from Boston College students and the Office of Instructional Design and eTeaching Services the app guides users through James Joyce’s Dublin.  For more information, please read about the app on Boston College’s website.

Digital Dubliners

Professor Nugent’s May 2012 course culminated in a groundbreaking collaborative project: an iBook guide to James Joyce’s stories written by students for students.

671 Magazine

In the fall of 2013, Professor Christopher Boucher directed twenty students in his Magazine Editing and Publishing class towards creating the first issue of 671 Magazine. The magazine chronicles the progress of the course, and features industry-related articles written and edited by students.

671 magazine directed by Professor Boucher

Walking Infinite Jest

To supplement his Spring 2014 course on David Foster Wallace's Infinite Jest, Professor Boucher created a companion website which links various types of resources—critical, biographical, and geographical—so as to offer students several ways of mapping the novel.


As a member of The Boston Digital Humanities Consortium Boston College is committed to the consortium’s engagement in the “collaborative development of teaching, learning, and scholarship in the digital humanities and computational social sciences.” The English Department’s Digital Humanities Initiative hopes to draw focus to those efforts which speak most directly to the English Department, and to foster a community of scholars who share an interest in this field.


For more information about digital humanities initiatives in the English Department please contact Professors Joseph Nugent or Christopher Boucher.