Hypertext and Electronic Literature

This course looks back even as it looks forward, considering conventional media like printed texts and film, in addition to examining more revolutionary digital media.

Schedule

Format: Most class sessions will be 1/2 discussion, then 1/2 lab (during which we will experiment with various new media tools).

April 4
: Introduction, "A Vision of Students Today"
LAB: Setting Up a Wordpress Blog

April 11: What is Hypertext? What is Electronic Literature?
Hayles,
Electronic Literature (Ch. 1 and 2)
Electronic Literature Collection, v. 1 (not the whole thing, cause that would be crazy, just peruse works mentioned by Hayles, also on CD-Rom that comes with book)
LAB: Twitter

April 18: The Materiality of Text
Film:
Helvetica (or on Netflix)
Hayles,
Electronic Literature (Ch. 3)
Kinetic Typography (will look at examples in class)
LAB: Literary Data Visualization w/ Wordle

April 25: Interactive Fiction
A Field Guide to the North American Family
LAB: Attend Maps Presentation In Place of Lab

May 2: Literary Interfaces
Matthew Kirschenbaum,
"What is Digital Humanities…?"
Kenneth M. Price,
"Electronic Scholarly Editions"
Mark McDayter,
"Are We There Yet? … 'The Waste Land' for iPad"
T.S. Eliot,
"The Waste Land" as Hypertext
Recommended (if you have an iPad):
The Waste Land iPad App
LAB: Open for Work on Media Interface Analysis

May 6
: Media Interface Analysis Due

May 9: E-poetry
Heavy Industries, Spawn, ABCDEFG...
Hayles,
Electronic Literature (Ch. 4)
Electronic Literature Collection, v. 1 (peruse more)
The Policeman's Beard is Half Constructed (takes time to load)
Midterm Self-Evaluation Letter Due (e-mail anytime prior to class)
LAB: Coding (For tonight's lab we'll work through "Getting Started with Programming" on Codecademy)

May 16: Post-print Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (first half)
Hayles,
Electronic Literature (Ch. 5)
LAB: Code as Poetry

May 23: Post-print Novel
Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close (second half)
Craig Mod,
"Books in the Age of the iPad"
"Is Print Dead?" Infographic
Film (optional): Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close
LAB: The Machine is Us/ing Us

May 30: Film: Inception
LAB: Video Editing

June 6: Video Game: Limbo
LAB: Open for Work on Final Project

June 13: Final Project Colloquium (online via blogs)
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