2008-2009: Fall Quarter

English 10LC: Introduction to Literary Study–Serial Media (instructor: Charlotte Becker). This course will explore practices of serialization beginning with the innovative phenomenon of 19th-century serial fiction, and will extend to analyses of the ways that various media—including radio, television, and the internet—have subsequently adopted and adapted serial formats. Discussion and reading topics will include the authorial practices, copyright issues, economic concerns, and social/cultural responses related to serial media. Through these discussions we will develop a vocabulary to discuss narrative techniques that make a serial format effective, and to describe the unique features of each series with which we engage. Major coursework will include a piece of online serial fiction (written in collaboration with classmates) and a critical essay on a serial publication. Required texts: Charles Dickens, David Copperfield; Sir Arthur Conan Doyle, The Hound of the Baskervilles; Henry James, Henry James: Selected Stories; course reader from ASUCSB (available in September).

English 10LC: Introduction to Literary Study–Modernism and Media (instructor: Mike Frangos). [Description TBA]

English 147VP: Media History and Theory–The Voice and the Page (instructor: Carol Pasternak). Printed editions of medieval texts give only the barest suggestions of what these texts might have meant to their contemporaries because they experienced them either in oral performance, possibly with music and even movement, or in manuscript, sometimes highly decorated and with commentary in the margins or between the lines, always unique. In this class, we will examine medieval texts with the goal of figuring out how they were meaningful at the time of their production and/or performances. In addition to edited texts, we will look at manuscript facsimiles (digital and print) and a few actual medieval manuscripts in order to see the traces of oral composition and performance and see how the texts were written and read. And we will consider the impacts of distinctive information technologies on ‘literature’ and ‘information.’ Among the literary texts we will study are Beowulf, psalms, Middle English lyrics,Sir Orfeo, and parts of Chaucer’s Canterbury Tales. Webpage authoring will be part of the work.

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