What happens to literature when text moves from page to screen? This online, team-taught course invites students of all majors and levels of technical expertise into a critically intensive, historically ranging, hands-on learning environment to explore how technology has transformed the way literary fiction is consumed, produced, and distributed in the digital age. Students will encounter a number of different media forms – including 20th and 21st century literature both “analog” and digital, hypertexts, games, and digital art – and engage with the various theories and methods used by digital humanists to study American literature and culture. Students will develop a significant digital research project by collaborating with classmates to produce a work of electronic literature, either by substantially modifying an existing hypertext or by translating an “analog” work into an interactive digital text using an open-source digital resource.
Beyond providing English majors a contemporary American option for the post-1789 literature requirement, the course satisfies the major’s Theory and/or Rhetoric requirement and the Media, Folklore, and/or Culture requirement, and the Digital Humanities Minor.
Literary Theory/Criticism courses teach academic and rigorous media comprehension, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.
Theory/Rhetoric courses teach media theory, the major modes and schools of criticism and theory, and theories and techniques of reasoning, rational discourse, and argumentation.
Media, Folklore, and/or Culture courses focus on print and non-print media to explore culture and its processes of creative expression.
English Minor courses offer students centuries of cultural experience and representation in poetry, prose, drama, film, TV, new media, and folk artifacts. The English minor can focus and extend the values of a liberal arts education, while also providing extensive training in writing, speaking, and critical thinking.