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===== ENGL 4706: Breaking the Book Statement =====
Fall 2016
ENGL 4706: Breaking the Book + Digital Media
Meets M, 4:00 - 6:40
M C Morgan

==== Required Texts====
All are available via Amazon and (hopefully) the BSU Bookstore. Used copies are showing up on Amazon and elsewhere.

- Emerson, Lori. //Reading Writing Interfaces: From the Digital to the Bookbound//. Univ Of Minnesota Press, 2014 ISBN-10: 0816691266 ISBN-13: 978-0816691265.
- Kitzman, Andreas. //Hypertext Handbook: The Straight Story//. Peter Lang Publishing, 2006. ISBN-10: 082047441X ISBN-13: 978-0820474410
- McLuan, Marshall, and David Carson. //The Book of Probes//. Gingko Press, 2011. ISBN-10: 1584232528 ISBN-13: 978-1584232520

Most of the readings for the course will be online and in printable pdf.

=== Access ===
All my notes, the weekly syllabus, classroom materials for this course will be on or linked from the Digital Humanities wiki: Any online projects you create will be linked to the wiki. I may need to limit distribution of some materials. If so, links to them will be on the Announcements page of d2l.

=== Other Materials ===
- Bring a laptop or tablet for notes and access in class to materials.
- We may look at a few apps and games. No need to purchase these but you are welcome to.

==== About ====
This course looks at western print, reading, and writing practices since the codex. Here are the topics we'll look at, in a rough order:

Overview: Selected readings, videos, apps, toys and games (6 weeks)
- the book as technology and interface / reading as naturalized
- changes in mind and habits by way of writing and print
- reading practices: solitary and silent consumption. reading as performance
- recent reading practices: click and drag. tap, pinch, collect, annotate, comment, re-mix, re-distribute
- writing practices: pens, papyrus, fascicles, typewriters, palimpsests ...
- coterie distribution: inscription: sonnets and foul copy
- printing binding, mass distribution: impression. literacy
- analogue and digital scholarship: commonplace books, note-taking. collection and curation

Hypertext: Kitzmann, //Hypertext Handbook// (3 weeks)
- Non-sequential, topical writing. The association made manifest. The universal library. Hypertext moves us "a long way from the written word and conventions of print culture" and into "a world of hybrid forms that challenge just about everything to do with narrative, representation and meaning" (Kitzmann, 43). Kitzmann also refines some of the common concepts we use pretty loosely in thinking about both analog and digital print and reading - //immersion// and //engagement// (61), for instance. We are never very far from literature.

Digital poetics and media archeology: Emerson, //Reading Writing Interfaces// (3 weeks) (We'll be dipping into this book through the course.)
- digital poetics and media archeology: denaturalizing reading and writing. Four divergent chapters, from iPads to Emily Dickinson's use of fascicles. Studying print culture isn't just about the content. It's about the //material// objects and use of those objects, too. Emerson takes us on a dig.

Probes, mosaics, word-n-image, aphorisms, attention and antics ... pation: McLuhan and Carson, //Probes//. (We'll be dipping into this book throughout the course.)
- Contemporary distribution: tweets and memes: word and image, the probe, collection and curation, commonplace books. The idea here is that its not all about singular tweets and lack of attention. Its just as much about collection, curation, and probes. //Probes// is a good example of how digital print is re-mediating print. There are others - and we'll look at a couple. I chose //Probes// because its aphorisms and images directly address the topics of the course, and it's browsable.

==== Course Opportunities ====
Specifically, this course gives you the opportunity to investigate and consider, individually and as part of a group,

- Print and digital books as interface. Social history of writing, printing, publishing, digital writing, publishing, and distribution.
- Print, books, and mental habits. How print shapes knowledge.
- The present and future of poetics.
- Alternative constructions and means of meaning-making. Text and image, visual exposition.
- Hypertext and its use in scholarship and published expression. Social history, use in note-taking and constructing knowledge.
- What reading is now, what it has been, and what the significance of reading entails.

==== How the Course Proceeds ====
We will be using methods of investigation and study drawn from the practices of the digital humanities. Rather than writing papers or PPTs - two typical methods in the paper humanities - digital humanities methods push us to //act//, to create things, and then reflect on that process and product. It's like being asked to build a bird house and then use your encounter with that project as a grounding for thinking about architecture. Or like being asked to design and weave a tapestry as a way of coming to understand fabric, visual design, narrative. For us, might be invent a writing technology as a way of getting behind what writing and reading means.

In practice, this means we read some things, view some things, do some things, experiment with some things - then meet to consider what we did and what that doing tells us.

The topics we're addressing won't fall into tidy units. A look at writing practices, for instance, may involve looking at how Emily Dickinson worked, viewing a 1968 video of a word processor, tipping into McLuhan's //Probes//, and playing around with #hashtags on Twitter, as a way of thinking about how the practices of //writing// are linked to the media and the time. //Sprawl// is the word. //Constellation// is how you place apparently disparate things in an order to see patterns in their connections. //Curation// is the method.

==== Projects ====
Reading and Exploring -> Discussion -> Project to Test and Explore those ideas. Projects may entail creating written work, video, images, online presentation, or experimenting with online texts and hypertexts ... You'll have options.

The final project for the course will be your construction of an artifact or material that presents a //cumulative understanding// or //way of seeing// what we considered through the semester.

==== Project: Keeping a Commonplace Book ====
This is a good idea. Keep it in paper, on your computer, online. As a notebook, a sheaf of papers, notecards, tumblr or blog posts ... This is your collection of notable materials that you encounter during and for this course. Words, images, videos, audio files. More on the KeepingACommonplaceBook page.

==== Attendance ====
Be here. If you miss, you miss course content. If you must miss, email me to let me know, and talk to others in the class to fill you in.

==== Grading ====
I'll give you written or verbal feedback and a grade on each project. The final project is 1/3 of your final grade, the others are a cumulative 2/3 of the final grade. You need to complete all the projects to be eligible for a final grade.

==Alternative Formats==
This syllabus is available in other formats. Talk to me, or contact the Office for Students with Disabilities at 755-3883. Contact the Office for Students with Disabilities if you need accommodations in the class.

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