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===== Syllabus =====
Spring 2015
ENGL 6277: Problems in Literary Criticism
M 4:00 - 6:00 HS 343 - Seminar Room
M C Morgan - HS 314 - - @mcmorgan
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=== Public Learning Gaols ===
- Encounter reading: fast, slow, close, automatic, systematic, extra.
- Encounter method: describe - analyze - interpret
- Encounter: reread - rewrite - remix - repurpose - share
- Become conversant with theories, issues, artifacts of digital literature / poetics
- Court serendipity by propinquity
- Others not mentioned here

=== Required Codices ===
//New Media Poetics: Contexts, Technotexts, and Theories// (Leonardo Book Series) Paperback – September 18, 2009
by Adalaide Morris (Editor), Thomas Swiss  (Editor) ISBN-13: 978-0262513388  ISBN-10: 0262513382

//Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching. A Handbook// (Media Upheavals)Paperback – February 5, 2010 by Roberto Simanowski (Editor) ISBN-13: 978-3837611304  ISBN-10: 3837611302

//Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media// (Modernist Literature & Culture) Paperback – January 31, 2014
by Jessica Pressman  (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0199937103  ISBN-10: 0199937109

Other texts online as assigned or recommended.

=== Recommended ===
//Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary// (WARD PHILLIPS LECTUR) Paperback – March 1, 2008
by N. Katherine Hayles (Author) ISBN-13: 978-0268030858 ISBN-10: 0268030855 Edition: 1st

Bring a computer or tablet to class each week.

==== Procedure ====
=== Weekly Pre-Processing ===
- Read: Chapters or articles in the text.
- Read: The literary works referred to, online or by download.
- Search: Terms, names, movements you're not familiar with. Google.
- Make Notes: Draft a couple pages of notes addressing the current reading and previous discussions. Make this public thinking. Questions for debate and consideration.

=== Multi-Processing===
- Public: Meet M 4:00 - 6:40 to discuss, practice, question, review, reveal, read in collective. Seminar stuff. More note taking. Googling.

=== Weekly Post-Processing ===
- Revise and append notes, re-read, re-think, re-consider, re-tell. Create your own database.

=== Until When ===
date is not Apr 27

=== Possible Projects ===
- glossary
- map of the territories
- 20 minute paper
- remix: any media
- ...

==== The Weeks====

=== For 2 Feb ===
- Pressman, chap 3, and accoutrements
- [[ YHCHI]]
- [[ | Transcription]]. Spolier. Thank yous to Jessica at UCLA whoever she might be. (ahem).
- [[ | Art Blakey, 1958]], YouTube.

- [[ | Nude Descending a Staircase]],
- [[ | Musical-Instruments-Georges-Braque]], 1908
- [[ | Violin and Glass, Braque]], 1913: "Violin and Glass (1913) reflects the culmination of Braque’s interest in simultaneous perspective and geometric forms, ideas he cultivated while working side by side with Picasso. Braque’s close collaboration with the artist was fruitful but brief, lasting only until 1914, when the French painter decided to go to the trenches, fighting for his country during W.W.I."
- [[ | Picasso_Woman-Playing-Mandolin]]

=== For 26 Jan ===
- Read Pressman, intro, and chaps 1 - 2
- Read/work with/make notes on reading
- Read (!) [[ Project for the Tachistoscope ]]

=== For 9 Feb ===
- Pressman, chap 4. Read [[ The Jew's Daughter]], and anything else that needs reading.
- [[ | Info on My Molly (departed)]]
- [[ | Ithaca]] PDF or text. Ulysses, 1922 edition, at U Victoria.

=== For 16 Feb ===
- If you haven't, start to read [[ | afternoon: a story]], to get a sense of what first-generation hypertext was about. Read the directions. Don't be fooled by the naive look of the text. afternoon is sophisticated hypertext narrative.
- Read [[ Chroma]]. In 3 - 5 minute chapters.
- [[ Nippon]], by YHCHI.

For chap 6: Coda
- Visit the [[ Only Revolutions site]]. It has something in common with the digi lit we've been reading. The forums (a database) are interesting in that readers are sharing reading strategies.
- A few images of Only Revolutions, [[ here]].

==== For 23 Feb ====
**Update 22 Feb 2015: ** Class cancelled for 23 Feb. Use the time to read-review and research-update.

**Update on reading digital literature**: If your computer slows down or the fans come on when you're reading some of the literature, it's benign. Some Flash productions demand a lot of computing power. Bear with it. Be patient. There's nothing wrong.

==== For 2 Mar ====
From Simanowski, et al, //Reading Moving Letters//
- Simanowski, Reading Digital Literature."
- Wardrip-Fruin, "Five Elements of Digital Literature."
- Zuern, "Figures in the Interface."

- [[ Touching Words]], Talan Memmott and others discuss aesthetics at the Bristol docklands.
- [[ Rudy Lemcke]], The Uninvited and other video work.
- [[ Stories Beneath Your Feet]]. Lecture. Stories Beneath Your Feet and Fingertips: Playing Locative Stories by Kathi Inman Berens.
- [[ Along the Briny Beach]], J R Carpenter
- [[ The Flat]]. Multimodal storytelling

==== For 16 Mar ====
- Koskimaa, "Approaches to Digital Literature," pp 129ff
- Koskimaa, "Teaching Digital Literature ...," pp 299ff
- Ensslin, "From Revisi(tati)on to Retro-Intentionalism," pp 145ff
- Ensslin and Pope, " Digital Literature in Creative and Media Studies," 311ff

Some works mentioned in the reading
- [[ These Waves of Girls]]. Multimedial hyperfiction.
- [[ Wanderkammer]], J.R. Carpenter. Part of Walk poems
- [[ Mobius Case]]
- [[ Inkubus]], by Andy Campbell and Christine Wilks
- [[ Inanimate Alice]]

Supplemental Reading
- [[ this sea is nothing in sight but isles]].A demonstration of procedural processing.
- [[ READWRITEGARDEN]].PDF. Carpenter walks through a procedural poetry generator.
- [[ These Wavs of Memories]], Koskimaa. Example of how digital literary criticism proceeds. "The challenge for e-lit criticism, posed by works like These Waves of Girls, is thus to combine all the complexity of literary criticism with all the complexities hyper and cybertextual programming creates, without reducing the work to only one of its multiple dimensions."
- [[ Procedural Literacy: Educating the New Media Practitioner]], Michael Mateas. What the professional reader needs to know. See also Wardrip-Fruin, "Learning to Read Digital Literature."
- A critique of procedural poetry. [[ Poetweet]]. Poetry generator from twitter streams, with procedural process parody. Because procedural poetry isn't real.

==== for 23 Mar ====
- Saemmer, "Digital Literature - A Question of Style."
- Goicoechea, "The Reader in Cyberspace."
- Strehovec, "Alphabet on the Move."

=== Works ===
- mez: [[ datableed]]
- [[ The Dreamlife of Letters]]
- [[ Sous Terre]]. Requires Flash
- [[ Crowds and Power]] Some links seem to create new browser windows.
- [[ TheHouse]], Flanagan. "As in much of electronic literature, the experience of the work as an intimate, interactive, screen-based piece is essential to understanding and appreciating it. Indeed, the work is only realized through user interaction and navigation. How does everyday spatial practice bring into focus the relationship between code, language, and relationships? What are the key characteristics of digital relationships as seen through this light? Does the recurring emphasis on process, chance, and interactivity also function as an indicator of larger questions about the chance writing of the text? The poem presented is autobiographical in nature yet engages the conceptualization of both language and embodiment as the text creates its own types of organism."

=== Supplemental reading ===
- [[ Pragmatics of the Link]], Pajares
- [[ Patterns of Hypertext]], Bernstein.
- A critique of procedural poetry. [[ Poetweet]]. Poetry generator from twitter streams, with procedural process parody. Because procedural poetry isn't real.


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