ENGL295 - Literature in a Wired World
An introduction to the changing nature of books, texts, and narrative in the Information Age. Students will explore the role of the book in relation to other media, the history of computers and writing, the influence of computing on contemporary literature and culture, and emerging forms of digital narrative and reading. Class texts will range from traditional print novels to contemporary electronic fiction and poetry. Students will also learn a number of technical literacies, including how to create a blog, basic HTML code, and how use wikis effectivelyi. As an online course, students will interact with the instructor and each other via Black Board, a class blog, and the class wiki. 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 on the class blog, construction and maintenance of a "critical wiki" and a final digital project of the student's choosing. Major texts include: Cory Doctorow's Little Brother, Philip K. Dick's Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep, Caitlin Fisher's These Waves of Girls, and a range of electronic literatures from digital poetry to interactive fiction.