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Weekly Schedule

ENG287HF The Digital Text                                         Instructor: Siobhan O’Flynn

Weekly Class Schedule

Note: 

Texts listed as ‘Readings’ are required.  Texts listed as ‘Further Readings’ are additional supplementary resources for the curious. Texts (usually websites and/or interactive works) listed as ‘Tools’ and ‘Explore & Play’ are provided with the recommendation that you play with at at least 1 tool or interactive work in each set as experiencing an interactive text, site or tool is completely different from watching someone demo a given work.

1. Sept. 9  – Intro: Text + Digital = What’s Changing & What’s Not

Readings – Debates:

Further readings:

2. Sept. 16 – Digital Media: Foundations

Readings:

Further readings:

Tools Intro #1:  VoyantWordle; Text is BeautifulTAPoR [in-class & to explore]

3. Sept. 23 – Digital Humanities: Web 1.0 & Web 2.0

Debates – The Distracted Classroom:

Readings:

Further readings:

Tools Intro #2: NGrams; WordSmith Tools; Docuburst, Docuburst Consent / ToS [in-class & to explore]

Tutorial 1 – Assignment #1: Computer Assisted Text Analysis – Word Clouds

4. Sept. 30 –  Hypertexts & Annotated Texts 

Tools: Hypertexts & Interactive Texts:

Introduction to Class Annotation Projects:

Further Readings:

Tutorial 2 – Assignment #2: Computer Assisted Text Analysis – TAPoR

Assignment #1 Due in Tutorial

5. Oct. 7 – TEI & The Code Academy

Tools & Archives:

More Tools:

Tutorial 3 – Explore Digital Annotated Texts:

Assignment #2 Due in Tutorial

6. Oct. 14 – Archives, Visual Interfaces & Environments

Readings:

  • Jerome McGann, “Visible & Invisible Books: Hermetic Images in n-Dimensional Space”
  • N. Katherine Hayles, ‘Translating Media: Why We Should Rethink Textuality’
    • both readings available via the UTor Library system

Tools: Text & Image Archives – explore 2 or 3:

Further Readings:

Tutorial 4 – Assignment #3: Digital Annotated Texts cont.:

7. Oct. 21 – Digital Humanities: Futures

Readings – Debates:

Reading/Exploration of a Born Digital ‘Text’ – Innovation in Multimedial Criticism [required]

  • Anastasia Salter, Alice in Dataland [interactive website – it’s big so explore 4-5 chapters]

Further Readings – Foundations:

Tutorial 5 – TEI prose

Assignment #3 Due in Tutorial

8. Oct. 28 – Interactive Fiction & Texts as Games

Readings:

Play (2-3):

Further Readings:

Tutorial 6 – TEI verse: Prufrock

9. Nov. 4 –  Games, Narrative Game Systems

Readings:

Play: 

  • The Fullbright Company, Gone Home (Video Game)
  • Steam, Portal (Video Game)

Further Readings:

Tutorial 7: TEI  verse: Prufrock

10. Nov. 11 – Disruptions: Viral, Participatory & Spreadable Media, UGC

Readings:

Explore & Play:

Further Readings:

Tutorial 8: Gaming – the quest to make you cry

Assignment #4 Due in Tutorial

Nov. 17-18 – Fall Break

11. Nov. 25 – Wild Card – innovations??? disruptions??? yet unknown

Tutorial 9: Cross-Platform Storytelling & Future of the Text

12. Dec. 2 – Conclusions & Useful Exam Review –

        Essay due in class!

Tutorial 10 – possible

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