1. Postcolonial Literature and Theory (in development)
This website features two digital student projects. First, the students present multimodal digital reviews of postcolonial texts. Drawing from a variety of written, visual, and electronic resources, they both survey and evaluate our course readings. Later in the semester, the students will publish collaboratively-designed podcasts. Utilizing postcolonial literary and theoretical texts, each team will explore a research question of its choice and offer a response through the podcast’s more conversational, informal form. In both assignments, the students harness digital tools to grapple with how and to what effect, as Bill Ashcroft, Gareth Griffiths, and Helen Tiffin describe, “the empire writes back”—ways that writers took to the page to navigate the tensions of living in a place “changed utterly” (in the words of W.B. Yeats). This website may be accessed here: https://postcolonialliteratureandtheory.wordpress.com/.
2. Global Modernisms in a Digital Age (in development)
This website is comprised of two digital assignments: reviews and infographics. In the first, my students contribute multimodal digital reviews of our course readings. Adopting the style of popular media reviews published in The Guardian, they offer snappy surveys and evaluations of the texts. Later in the semester, my students will work in teams to design original infographics that offer new ways of evaluating our course materials. Altogether, these publications utilize digital tools to expand our understanding of global modernisms—their navigation of issues related to national identity, race, gender, (post)colonialism, and more; https://globalmodernismsinadigitalage.wordpress.com/.
As a class, my students created a digital archive of instances of censorship from around the globe. They composed multimodal editorials that combined histories, personal interviews, images, legal documents, and more on various banned artifacts/events. These editorials were published on our class website, thecensorshipfiles.wordpress.com.
Grouped in teams, my students designed podcasts that explore the relationship between modernism and new technologies at the turn of the 20th century. These podcasts study the range of roles that technological innovations played not only in literature, art, and film, but also in science and culture at large. Our course website, https://modernismandthemachine.wordpress.com/, hosts these podcasts alongside abstracts of their contents.
The “Troubles” of Partition is a digital art exhibition designed by my undergraduate students. It features a range of collaboratively-created artwork that studies themes related to Ireland’s and India’s tumultuous partitions. This artwork is paired with original “Artist Statements,” essays that explore how each artwork conveys a particular vantage point of partition. Drawing from fictive, non-fictive, and academic sources, these artist statements offer insights both into the artists’ motivations and into the history and visual representation of partition itself. Our course website may be accessed at: https://thetroublesofpartition.wordpress.com/.