Morgan's Notes


for ENGL 4706



for week of 19 Sep: ReadingTheScreen

[[ | YHChang] Heavy Industries

and by islands ..., Carpenter

A Course of Probes

v McLuhan


Two Kinds of Readings

..."and by islands I mean paragraphs" casts a reader a drift in a sea of white space extending far beyond the horizon of the browser window, to the north, south, east and west. Navigating (with mouse, track pad, or arrow keys) reveals that this sea is dotted with islands ...and by islands I mean paragraphs. These paragraphs are computer-generated. Their fluid compositions draw upon variable strings containing fragments of text harvested from a larger literary corpus. Individually, each of these textual islands is a topic - from the Greek topos, meaning place. Collectively they constitute a topographical map of a sustained practice of reading and re-reading and writing and re-writing islands. In this constantly shifting sea of variable texts one never finds the same islands twice... and by islands, I do mean paragraphs.

This set might include Composition#1, S, maps, other constructions for reading and writing.


If we were creating a Glossary for Digital Lit Crit


Digital Humanities Syllabus 2012
DAKOTA transcript - translation
Canto 1

what's next for text:
textbooks and university structures:

Anyone serious about DH will be interested in these but they are not required for the course.

Phillips, Tom. A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel. Paper on Amazon, but also available as an iPad app.

Saporta, Marc. Composition No.1. 1962, 2011. Available from the publisher at <> Also available as an iPad app.

White, Alex. The Elements of Graphic Design. 2002; 2nd ed. 2011. I prefer the first edition.

Like The Path, these are slow moving, narrative-based games that skirt the digital edge of literature. Lots of walking. No shooting or puzzles.

Dear Esther. The Chinese Room, 2008, 2010. $10.00 Windows or Mac.

BIENTÔT L'ÉTÉ. Tale of Tales, 2012. <> or Steam. $10.00. Windows or Mac.

As with books, those interested in DH will want to look and play with these and others. All on iPad through the App Store. Some might be available for Android. Check the store.

Other readings and links to readings and videos provided by the professor.


Projects in Bi-Stability

Workshops / DIY

stores for Intro DigiHum

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