Call it "digital humanities". Students at Boston College have been digitizing James Joyce's Dubliners, and not only is it proving useful for those tackling the text, educators say it's a way to bring humanities into the 21st century at a time when the the field's importance has been questioned. 

Jeffrey Selingo, editor of The Chronicle of Higher Education, points out that most 18-year-olds don’t want to attend school online, but they also don’t want the analogue experience with the professor at the front of the room lecturing at them for 60 to 90 minutes.

 

The project guides readers through the classic text, providing photos, interviews with Joycean scholars, interactive maps, even songs that inspired Joyce's writing. Read more about the project on WGBH's higher education blog here