ENGLISH 420 - Technology and the Humanities
Section: 001 Reading With Your Laptop
Term: WN 2018
Subject: English Language and Literature (ENGLISH)
Department: LSA English Language & Literature
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May not be repeated for credit.
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What kinds of literatures result from the world of digital and electronic media? Stories told through QR codes painted on the side of buildings, sound art performances that unfold when walked through a city, and algorithmic installations that scan chatrooms for fragments of text all suggest that the ‘book’ is only one possible format in a new universe of possibilities. This course takes up the strange and experimental forms that not only push the boundaries of literature but also investigate social and political questions about gender, race, and nationality in today’s media-saturated environment.

Students will learn to describe, analyze, and play with such works of literature, but this course will also include a lab component in which students can also try their hand at creating electronic literatures of their own. Objects studied may include those created by Amaranth Borsuk, Amy Sara Carroll, Oni Buchanan, Zoe Quinn, Mark Hansen and Ben Rubin, Miranda July and Harrell Fletcher, Brian Kim Stefans, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, as well as analogous forms drawn from experimental poetry, video games, and contemporary art.

Course Requirements:

Weekly blog; 1 quiz; final paper; 3 media presentations; 1 game; various assignments.

Intended Audience:

Some experience with the analysis of literature, film, media, or culture will be helpful.

Class Format:


ENGLISH 420 - Technology and the Humanities
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001 (SEM)
MW 1:00PM - 2:30PM
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