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.