English 187A-2 - Fall, 2017

Topics in Literature & Media

    Topic: Electronic Literature

Class Information

Instructor: Boluk, Stephanie
CRN: 62687
Time: TR 1:40-3:00; W 12:10-3
Location: 308 Voorhies


    The goal of this class is to chart an emerging field of digital poetics which
    take advantage of both the affordances and constraints of computational media.
    We will discuss the institutional authorities, historical genealogies,
    theoretical interests, critical audiences, and market values that have produced
    this constellation of digital-born writing practices on both page and screen.
    From Anne-Marie Uribe’s kinetic poetry to Ramsey Nasser’s programming language
    alb, works examined will potentially include net art, hypertext fiction,
    generative poetry, esoteric software, alternate reality games, interactive
    fiction, and videogames. Our examination will be accompanied by theories of
    media and computation (e.g., Bush, Turing, McLuhan, Hayles, Hansen, etc.) and we
    will also look at some literary and artistic precedents (e.g., Tzara, Burroughs,
    Borges, Perec, Queneau, etc). Participants in the seminar will be asked to
    engage in close analysis of media objects as well as produce some of their own
    electronic literature.