English 146EL: Literature of Technology: Electronic Literature (Instructor: Rita Raley)
This course will consider literature for which the computer is both the composition and the delivery medium. What formal, generic, and aesthetic properties can we see in texts written in production environments such as Flash? What are the central issues and questions for the field of electronic literature as a whole? What are its links to print-based experimental writing practices? After some consideration of precursors to hypertext and the first generation of hypertext authors and critics, we will continue to map out a brief history of electronic literature and move to studying some of the most technically and intellectually compelling works on the web. Toward the end of the term, we will expand our study of screen-based literature to think about literature beyond the screen as well (e.g. SMS texts & performances, locative narrative, and GPS writing). Texts and themes that we will study include print hypertexts, combinatorial writing, interactive fiction and text adventure games, experimental narrative, visual poetry, new media poetics, codework, and 3D writing. Reading will include John Cayley, mez, Talan Memmott, Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, J. Yellowlees Douglas, Jorge Luis Borges, Olia Lialina, Florian Cramer, Ted Warnell, Dan Waber, John Cayley, Judd Morrissey and many others.
Print texts will include N. Katherine Hayles, Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary and Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature.
Students will have the option of composing their own works of electronic literature at the end of the term.
English 197: Poetry Lab (Instructor: Yunte Huang)