Course Calendar/Schedule of Readings

Week 1 / Wed. Jan. 7: What is (Electronic) Literature?
Aurelea and Brian

Guest speaker: Dene Grigar, ELO President (WSU Vancouver)

Week 2 / Wed. Jan. 14: Foundations I
Aurelea and Brian

Readings: N. Katherine Hayles, “Electronic Literature: What Is It?” (2007) and Jim Andrews, “Arteroids,” “Seattle Drift,”“Stir Fry Texts”, and “Aleph Null” from VISPO.

Guest speaker: Jim Andrews

Week 3 / Wed. Jan. 21: Foundations II
Lead: Aurelea

Readings: F.T, Marinetti, “Words in Freedom” (1913); Eugen Gomringer, “From Line to Constellation” (1954) and “The Poem as Functional Object” (1968); Brian Kim Stefans, “The Dreamlife of Letters” (2000) and “Suicide in an Airplane 1919” and Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries Presents,  “Dakota”.

Due: Position Paper #1 (10%). Submit hard copy in class. See Assignments handout for direction and guidelines.

Supplementary Resources

Zang Tumb Tuuum / Micro-resource, 2012.

Blast. The Modernist Journal Project, a joint project of Brown University and the University of Tulsa.

Futurism / Tate Modern (12 June – 20 September 2009).

Italian Futurism  – 1909 to 1944: Reconstructing the Universe/ Guggenheim (21 February – 1 September 2014).

Eugen Gomringer, Individual Concrete Poems. Via UBUWEB :: HISTORICAL.

“Concrete Poetry in Digital Media: Its Predecessors, its Presence and its Future”, Roberto Simanowski in dichtung-digital 2004 (3).

Week 4 / Wed. Jan. 28: Foundations III
Lead: Aurelea

Readings: Donna Leishman, Deviant: The Possession of Christian Shaw (2004) and selections from H.D., Trilogy. Paired with John Zuern, “Figures in the Interface: Comparative Methods in the Study of Digital Literature.” From Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching – A Handbook.  (59-80).

Note: Past students have reported taking anywhere from 30-60min to read/navigate Deviant.

Week 5 / Wed. Feb. 4: Text Image Sound I
Lead: Brian

Readings: N. Katherine Hayles, “Print is Flat, Code is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis” (2004); G.B. Pingree and L. Gitelman, “What’s New About New Media?” from New Media: 1740-1915; ; and The Blake Archive.

Due: Position Paper #2 (10%). Submit hard copy in class. See Assignments handout for directions and guidelines.

Week 6 / Wed. Feb. 18: Text Image Sound II
Lead: Brian

Readings:  M. Duchamp, “Fountain” (1917); OULIPO selections (A. Gallix “OULIPO: Freeing Literature by Tightening Its Rules” in The Guardian [July 2013] and R. Queneau’s Cent mille milliards de poèmes AKA One Hundred Million Million Poems [1961] — online version here); K. Goldsmith, “It’s Not Plagiarism. In the Digital Age, It’s ‘Repurposing’”; M. Mencia, “Birds Singing Other Birds’ Songs” (2001)

Supplementary Reading

DJ Spooky Interview [w/ William Burroughs excerpts], “Noise From the Street” (2011).

R. Rubenstein, “Gathered, Not Made: A Brief History of Appropriative Writing,” orig. published in American Poetry Review (1999) []

Note: This class will open with a formal introduction of the DRP and E-Ecyclopedia Entry assignments.

Week 7 / Wed. Feb. 25: Reading Looking Doing I
Leaders: Aurelea + Brian

Readings: “The Digital Humanities Manifesto 2.0” and select one of the following four born-digital scholarly articles published in conjunction with the December 2013 issue of American Literature: New Media and American Literature.

Note: In addition to exploring the piece itself, please also read the Scalar Project Author Statements as they appeared in this issue of American Literature.

This class will conclude with a formal introduction of the Final Project. The Final Project Proposal and Bibliography is due on Wed. Mar. 18 (W10)


Daniel Anderson’s Screen Rhetoric and the Material World

James Purdy and Joyce R. Walker, “Valuing Digital Scholarship: The Changing Realities of Intellectual Work,” Profession 2010: 177-195.

Week 8 / Wed. Mar. 4: Reading Looking Doing II
Lead: Aurelea

Readings: Amaranth Borsuk & Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen (2012) and Marjorie Perloff, “Screening the Page/Paging the Screen” (2006).

Guest speaker: Amaranth Borsuk (UW Bothell).

Due: Digital Response Project (15%).  Submit files/URLS via Moodle. See Assignments handout for directions and guidelines.

Week 9 / Wed. Mar. 11: Reading Looking Doing III
Lead: Brian

Readings:  Steve Tomasula and Stephen Farrell, TOC (2009) and J. Derrida, Archive Fever (excerpt/stop reading at the top of p. 20).

Week 10 / Wed. Mar. 18: Reading Looking Doing IV

Lead: Brian

Readings: M. Heidegger, “The Question Concerning Technology”; Jason Nelson, “this is how you will die,” “game, game, game and again game,” “sidney’s siberia,” and “Camberland” (NOTE: review and come to class prepared to talk about any TWO of the four Jason Nelson pieces of your choice)

Guest speaker (virtual): Jason Nelson

Due: Final Project Proposal and Bibliography (10%). Upload files via Moodle. See Assignment handout for directions and guidelines.

Supplementary Readings

Week 11 / Wed. Mar. 25: Canonization I
Leaders: Aurelea + Brian

Readings: Explore the following digital anthologies and consider what is being foregrounded and privileged in these sites. Come prepared to discuss the ways in which we may want to elect to present the English 335 E-Lit E-cyclopedia entries to an external audience.

Note: Your E-cyclopedia entries will be discussed in class and form the focus of the today’s class

Due: E-Lit E-cyclopedia entry (15%). Upload files and URLS via Moodle. See Assignment handout for directions and guidelines.

Supplementary Readings

D. Grigar, L. Emerson, K.I. Berens, “Curating the MLA 2012 “Electronic Literature’ Exhibit” from Rhizomes: Cultural Studies in Emergent Knowledge (2012)

Week 12 / Wed. Apr. 1: Genre Jams I – Or Portrait of an Artist Across Genres 
Lead: Aurelea

Readings: Kate Armstrong, Space Video (2012), Medium (2011), Source Material Everywhere (2011); Ulises Carrion, “The New Art of Making Books” (1975); Amaranth Borsuk, “Rebooking the Mix” (2012) and “The Upright Script: Words in Space and on the Page” (2011) .

Guest speaker: Kate Armstrong.

Week 13 / Wed. Apr. 8: Genre Jams II – Or Map Lit/Or Losing Yourself
Leaders: Aurelea + Brian

Readings: Excerpts from Franco Moretti’s Maps, Graphs, Trees (p.1-9, 35-42, 52-61); Guy Debord, “Theory of the Dérive” ; Welcome to Pine Point (2011), H. O’Neill, “The Red Light District” (2013)

Supplementary Resources

A. Brown, “Frederic Jameson and the Gangster: Grand Theft Auto: San Andreas as a Cognitive Map,” Writing Technologies (2012)

Note: The final hour of class will be allocated for students to present informally on their final projects.

Week 14-15: Exam Period

Due: Final Project (30%) due by 1pm on Wed. Apr. 15. Upload files/URLS via Moodle or deliver hard copies to either Aurelea (Fir 412) or Brian (Fir 406c).