Spring 2012 - Graduate Course Descriptions
Description of Course:
Since the 1980s artists have sought to expand and explode traditional literary genres through the technologies of digital media. The result is a series of new genres operating under a variety of names including: hypertext fiction, electronic literature, new media poetics, interactive literature, and generative art. In this class we will look at these forms and others as examples of digital literature. We will explore their precursors and history. We will discuss the varied and provocative ways in which digital literature overlaps and diverges from print. Most importantly we will consider: How does digital literature make meaning? How do users/readers interpret that meaning? How can we create a media specific analysis of digital forms or a new criticism in this switch from literacy to what Gregory L. Ulmer calls “elecracy”?
Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary
N. Katherine Hayles
House of Leaves
Mark Z. Danielewski
The Last 4 Things
Course Requirements/Evaluation Criteria:
Students in this course will be responsible for various weekly writing projects, active participation, presentations, and a final seminar paper.