Team Project Team Project

Students will group into teams of 3 to 4 each. Each team will design a project exploring one of the alternative paradigms of literary interpretation discussed in the course (e.g., text analysis, data mining, graphing, mapping, modeling, simulating, gaming, deformance, etc.). Teams will be formed up in Class 3. [Note: Students wishing to create a project in direct support of their dissertation may choose to work solo.] Grading: 50% of the final grade of each student will be based on the team-wide grade for the project.


Preparatory Tasks

Projects are due at the end of the quarter, but they require preliminary tasks on the following schedule (team assignments can be adapted into solo assignments if a student chooses to work alone):


  1. Class 3: Teams to be formed in class on this date.
  2. Class 4: By this date, teams must meet at least once outside class to brainstorm face-to-face. (Subsequent team collaboration can occur through any combination of face-to-face meetings, email, use of the class wiki, or in the UCSB English Department's Second Life campus (SLURL:
  3. Class 5: By this date, choose a literary work (or part of a work) that your team will focus on. Teams will present their candidate work to the class along with the reasons for its selection. For the presentation, prepare summaries, excerpts, citations, and/or screenshots of the work as appropriate on the team project page (so that people who don't know the work can get a sense of it and follow your presentation). In addition, teams should present at least two ideas for a team project based on the chosen literary work. Be prepared to answer the question "why?" That is, have at least an initial hypothesis about what a project-idea might accomplish for our understanding, appreciation, of use of the literary work (or of literature in general).


Final Tasks (Class 10)

Due to the shortness of development time during a 10-week quarter, teams are not necessarily expected to finish with a fully-realized, working product (though, of course, the closer to that goal the better). Instead, the goal is to finish with a publicly presentable "prototype," "demo," "model," "maquette," "draft," or whatever similar term fits the nature of the project. During the last week of the course (Class 10), teams will make formal presentations of their prototypes. By the formal presentation date, teams must have ready the following:


  1. A cohesive, well-designed project page on the course wiki that presents (or links to) the prototype and explains it. (If you were to pitch the project to a funding agency or venture capital firm, this is the make-or-break page.)
  2. The prototype itself, existing in some combination of specifications, sketches, images, videos, web sites, demos, etc. (Projects requiring high storage capacity may need to be put online on student UWeb or other sites outside this wiki.)
  3. An annotated bibliography of books, essays, software, other projects, etc., related to the project (created by linking to, or consolidating individual "Annotated Bibliography" assignments; see below). Teams will present their projects formally to the class in Class 10. Presentations should be tightly scripted, and should be timed to last no longer than 20 minutes.


Solo Assignments Solo Tasks

Besides team work, each student has individual assignments that contribute to the class as a whole or to their team project but that are individually graded.  A total of 50% of the final grade for each student derives from these solo assignments.


Student Bio

Annotated Bibliography


Note: It is fine for more than one student on a team to include some items that are the same in their bibliography, so long as each student's annotations/descriptions of the items is different. (Post your annotated bibliography on the wiki by following the instructions on the Annotated Bibliographies page. Please also give the instructor a hard copy.)


Research Report


(Post your research report on the wiki by following the instructions on the Research Reports page.  Please also give the instructor a hard copy.)