ENGL278W - Literature in a Wired World
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An introduction to the changing nature of books, texts, and narrative in the Information Age. Students will explore the history of computers and writing, the role of the book in relation to other media, emerging forms of digital narrative, and the influence of computing on contemporary literature and culture. Readings will range from medieval illuminated manuscripts to contemporary electronic fiction and poetry. Students will also learn practical skills ranging from how to evaluate and cite electronic resources to personal Web publishing. No prior technical knowledge is expected or assumed, but an interest in working with computers is a must. Assignments will include presentations, at least one online project, a mid-term and a final exam.