ENGL295 - Literature in a Wired World

Literature in a Wired World provides an introduction to the changing nature of books, texts, and narrative in the Information Age. The course explores the means by which literature engages technology and technology shapes literature, and by which new media responds to old media. Students will explore the role of the book in relation to other media, as well as the shifting status of writers and readers. In addition, students will explore digital cultures and the identities that form around them. Students will also learn practical skills such as basic HTML programming to create literary works. No prior technical knowledge is expected or assumed, but an interest in working with digital technology (i.e. computers and portable devices) is a must. Major assignments for the course will include regular participation (in class and on the class blog), daily quizzes, one analysis papers, an in-class midterm, and a final digital project exploring the relationships between readers and texts. Major readings include Frankenstein and Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep.

Credit will be granted for only one of the following: ENGL278W or ENGL295.