Literature and the Culture of Information Specialization
The UCSB English Department encourages upper-division students with particular literary/critical interests to pursue them formally by selecting one of the new specializations in the major. The specialization in Literature & Culture of Information (supervised by Transcriptions ) brings the perspective of the humanities to the concept of “information” that many students will engage with professionally and personally all their lives. In particular, LCI compares the forms, media, institutions, and aesthetics of the “information revolution” to similar revolutions in the past—e.g., the print revolution. The goal is to ask what the “well-read” have to offer the “well-informed,” and vice versa. What was beautiful, enlightening, or cruel in the project of orality or literacy and their literatures? How does the project of information compare? And how might the insights of past ages of language be used to improve our contemporary age? Courses offered by the specialization in Literature and the Culture of Information hybridize the theory, practice, and literature of contemporary information culture with studies of the earlier information media of oral discourse, manuscripts, and print and the literature they embodied.
LCI students must be English majors at UCSB. Requirements are any 4 elective courses in the Literature and the Culture of Information specialization. LCI students are also invited to participate each year in such special events as a colloquium, discussion with a faculty member or visiting scholar, or field trip to an organization related to information culture. Upon graduating from UCSB, LCI students receive a certificate of completion in the LCI specialization from the English Department.
To sign up for the specialization or for information about course requirements, etc., contact Thomas Huff, English Department Staff Undergraduate Advisor (firstname.lastname@example.org; (805) 893-4710). For other information about the specialization, contact its director, Prof. Jeremy Douglass (email@example.com).
For current courses that count towards the specialization, see the link below
English Department courses that can qualify as LCI electives:
English 10LC: Introduction to Literary Studies — Literature and the Culture of Information (recommended, but does not count towards elective requirements)
English 25: Introduction to Literature and the Culture of Information
English 122AA-ZZ: Cultural Representations (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 146AA-ZZ: Literature of Technology (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 147AA-ZZ: Media History and Theory (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 148AA-ZZ: Society, Culture and Information (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 149: Media and Information Culture (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 165AA-ZZ Topics in Literature (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
English 197: Upper Division Seminar (when taught by an LCI affiliated instructor and listed above under current courses)
Graduate programs of interest for LCI students
- Brown University Modern Culture and Media (PhD program)
- Georgetown Communication, Culture, & Technology (MA program)
- MIT Comparative Media Studies (MS program)
- NYU Media, Culture, and Communication (PhD program)
- The New School Media Studies (MA program)
- UCSC Digital Arts and New Media (MFA program)
- University of Victoria English Department (MA and PhD program)