Schedule for Reading and Exercises

The following list represents a blueprint of the major readings and exercises. I have omitted reference here to very short critical reflections (such as those found on the extremely useful blog I ♥ E-Poetry or the Electronic Literature Directory) that will help orient our discussions/readings of specific works. As the semester progresses, the instructor will check in with the class to make sure that the reading load remains tenable. Students are strongly encouraged to suggest additions and/or substitutions. At certain points in the semester, the readings will be adjusted to accommodate class members’ digital backgrounds.

Week 1 (Aug 27)                     GETTING DISORIENTED: WHAT IS E-LIT?

Week 2 (Sept 3)                      KINETIC TEXTS, WEEK 1

Primary Texts:

  1. bpNichol, First Screening http://vispo.com/bp/introduction.htm
  2. Geof Huth, Endemic Battle Collage http://www.vispo.com/huth/endemic_battle_collage.htm
  3. Michel and Dirk Vis, Ah (a shower song) http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/michel_ah.html
  4. Peter Cho, Wordscapes and Letterscapes http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/cho__letterscapes_and_wordscapes.html
  5. Maria Mencia, Birds Singing Other Birds’ Song http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/mencia__birds_singing_other_birds_songs.html
  6. Dan Weber, Strings http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/waber__strings/index.html

Just for fun: See the links under “Kinetic Texts” here: http://iloveepoetry.com/?p=11228

Criticism:

  1. Katherine Hayles, “Electronic Literature: What is it?” http://eliterature.org/pad/elp.html
  2. Christopher Funkhouser, “Digital Poetry” http://digitalhumanities.org:3030/companion/

 

Week 3 (Sept 10)                    KINETIC TEXTS, WEEK 2

Primary Texts:

  1. Oni Buchanan, Mandrake Vehicles http://conduit.org/online/buchanan/buchanan.html
  2. John Cayley, windsound http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/cayley__windsound.html
  3. Alison Clifford, That Sweet Old Etcetera http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/clifford_the_sweet_old_etcetera.html
  4. Rui Torres, Poemas no meio do caminho http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/torres_poemas_caminho.html
  5. David Jhave Johnston, “Soothhttp://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/johnston_sooth.html

Exercise: Put text in motion (Use Scratch… or Powerpoint… or other software)

Week 4 (Sept 17)                    HYPERTEXT, WEEK 1

  1. Michael Joyce, afternoon, a story http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/pmaf/hypertext/aft/index.html
  2. Jane Douglas, I Have Said Nothing http://www.wwnorton.com/college/english/pmaf/hypertext/ihsn/i_have_said_nothing.html
  3. Judy Malloy, The Roar of Destiny http://www.well.com/user/jmalloy/roarofdestiny/control.html
  4. Deena Larsen, Marble Springs [Just preview] http://www.eastgate.com/MS/Title_184.html
  5. Richard Holeton, Frequently Asked Questions about Hypertext http://collection.eliterature.org/1/works/holeton__frequently_asked_questions_about_hypertext/index.html

Criticism:

  1. Samples from the Pathfinders Project
  2. Dirk Van Hulle, “Hypertext and Avant-textehttp://digitalhumanities.org
  3. Steven Johnson, “Why No One Clicked on the Great Hypertext Story” http://www.wired.com/2013/04/hypertext/#anchor-one
  4. Paul Lafarge, “Why the Book’s Future Never Happened” http://www.salon.com/2011/10/04/return_of_hypertext/

Week 5 (Sept 24)                    HYPERTEXT, WEEK 2

  1. R. Carpenter, The Cape http://luckysoap.com/thecape/
  2. Judd Morrissey, The Jew’s Daughter http://www.thejewsdaughter.com/
  3. Lucy Cunningham and Justin Talbott, Cannibal Dreams http://www.springgunpress.com/cannibaldreams/anatomy_study_one/
  4. Deena Larsen and Jody Zellen, Going through the signs http://machinepoetics.com/files/page_space/experiment/zellen-larsen/going_through_the_signs/index.html
  5. Strickland and M. D. Coverley, Errand Upon Which We Came http://califia.us/Errand/home.htm

Exercise: Play with hypertext (context open)

Week 6 (Oct 1)                        POETRY GENERATORS

  1. The Taroko Gorge compilation http://nickm.com/poems/taroko_gorge.html [Read all]
  2. Nick Montfort and Stephanie Strickland, Sea and Spar Between http://blogs.saic.edu/dearnavigator/winter2010/nick-montfort-stephanie-strickland-sea-and-spar-between/
  3. R. Carpenter, Along the Briny Beach http://luckysoap.com/statements/alongthebrinybeach.html
  4. On Raymond Queneau’s 100,000,000,000,000 Poems: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2NhFoSFNQMQ  http://directory.eliterature.org/node/374 http://x42.com/active/queneau.htm

Criticism:

  1. Noah Waldrup-Fruin, “Digital Media Archaeology” [Dropbox]
  2. Chris Funkhouser, “IBM Poems” http://writing.upenn.edu/pennsound/x/Funkhouser-IBM-Poetry.html
  3. Blog Post: http://kathiiberens.com/2012/07/01/tournedo-gorge/

Week 7 (Oct 8)                        INTERACTIVE FICTION

Michael Mateas and Andrew Stern, Facade http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/mateas_facade.html

[Further texts assigned after conferral with class members]

Week 8 (Oct 15)                      GAMES

  1. Sandy Baldwin, New Word Order http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/baldwin_basra.html
  2. Jason Nelson, Game, Game, Game and Again Game http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/nelson_game.html
  3. Jason Nelson, This is How You Will Die http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/nelson_thisishowyouwilldie.html
  4. Jason Rohrer, Passage http://hcsoftware.sourceforge.net/passage/
  5. Jim Andrews, Asteroids http://poemsthatgo.com/gallery/fall2003/arteroids/
  6. [Further games assigned after conferral with class members]

Criticism:

Astrid Ensslin, Literary Gaming [Selection, see Dropbox]

Week 9 (Oct 22)                      CURATION

Criticism:

  1. Dene Grigar, “Why Curating” http://www.rhizomes.net/issue24/grigar.html
  2. And the curatorial statement here: http://dtc-wsuv.org/elit/moving-words/
  3. Vince Dziekan, Virtuality and the Art of the Exhibition [Selections, Dropbox]

Exercise: Begin planning for the curated exhibition.

Week 10 (Oct 29)                    AUGMENTED BOOKS

  1. Amaranth Borsuk and Paul Hoover, Between Page and Screen
  2. Martin Kovacovsky and Marius Hugli, Dr Jeckyl and Mr Hyde http://martinkovacovsky.ch/jekyll-hyde/
  3. Ashbaugh, Gibson, and Bergos, Jr., Agrippa http://agrippa.english.ucsb.edu/
  4. Exemplary Apps (ex. Zappar)

Criticism:

  1. Florian Cramer, “Post-Digital Writing” http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/postal

Week 11 (Nov 5)                     NETWORKED NOVEL

  1. Ying, Horowitz, & Quinn, The Silent History http://thesilenthistory.com/
  2. Kate Pullinger, Flight Paths http://flightpaths.net/

Criticism:

James Bridle, “One Big Fiction” http://www.theguardian.com/books/2012/nov/25/networked-fiction-253-silent-history

Week 12 (Nov 12)                   GEO/LOCATIVE TEXTS

  1. R. Carpenter, Entre Ville http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/carpenter_entreville.html
  2. R. Carpenter, in absentia http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/carpenter_inabsentia.html
  3. LA Flood Project http://laflood.citychaos.com/
  4. Christoph Benda, Senghor on the Rocks http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/benda_senghor_on_the_rocks.html
  5. 34 North 118 West http://34n118w.net/
  6. Flâneur – tag the world http://tekstopia.uio.no/flanor/en/what-is-flan%C3%B8r/

Criticism:

  1. Brian Greenspan, “The New Place of Reading” http://digitalhumanities.org/dhq/vol/5/3/000103/000103.html
  2. Anders Sundnes Løvlie, textopia: experiments with locative literature [Selections] http://folk.uio.no/anderssl/published/lovlie_phd.pdf

Exercise: Create a locative text

Week 13 (Nov 19)                   E-LIT EXHIBITION

Week 14 (Dec 3)                     EDITING, COLLECTING, PUBLISHING, & PRESERVING E-LIT

Discussion of the Pathfinders Project, ELMCIP, and the ELO http://dtc-wsuv.org/wp/pathfinders/ http://elmcip.net/ http://eliterature.org/

Criticism:

  1. Scott Rettberg, “An Emerging Canon?” http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/exploding
  2. Sandy Baldwin and Tiffany Zerby, “Editing Electronic Literature Scholarship in the Global Publishing System” http://www.electronicbookreview.com/thread/electropoetics/global

Week 15 (Dec 10)                   DEBRIEF AND DISCOVERIES

Final Projects Due

FINAL EXAM

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