Trace the origins of literature, millions of phrases at a time, using digital methods to discover and analyze how authors creatively use the work of others.
T.S. Eliot wrote that good poets imitate and great poets steal. Literature is built of pieces of existing language, not just words, but phrases, structures, and ideas are lifted from previous authors and combined to make great work. The Tesserae Project uses digital methods to discover and analyze how authors creatively use the work of others. The project focuses on ancient Greek and Latin literature, but has plans for expansion beyond these languages. The work of the project is to build and augment a set of digital tools to find language similarities and analyze the craft of authors in creating such intertextuality.
Students can add new texts to the Tesserae site to make them searchable, analyze search results, and, for those with computational skills, add code to the Tesserae search engine or website.
|Length of commitment||Less than a semester; 0-2 months|
|Level of collaboration||Large group collaboration|
|Who is eligible||All undergraduate students; students who are interested in or studying classics, linguistics, and/or computer science|
If you are planning to use this project to satisfy program requirements for your academic major or minor, it is your responsibility to obtain approval from your academic department prior to beginning the project.
Once you begin the digital badge series, you will have access to all the necessary activities and instructions. Your mentor has indicated they would like you to also complete the specific preparation activities below. Please reference this when you get to Step 2 of the Preparation Phase.