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English (ENGL)

ENGL 429 (CMLIT 429) New Media and Literature (3) New media literary genres; critical discussion of creative works in digital media.

ENGL (CMLIT) 429 New Media and Literature (3)

(BA) This course meets the Bachelor of Arts degree requirements.


This course is an introduction to new media literary genres. It includes reflection on the concept of mediation (electronic and otherwise); on genre in both print culture and electronic publishing; and on literariness itself. It introduces students to critical discussion of creative works in digital media, including hypertext and hypermedia fiction and nonfiction, code poetry and codework, cybertext and ergodic literature, net art and Web art, and software and electronic installation art. Students will learn about major debates in North American and European new media theory, understood as a distinct current of influence in twentieth century literary and cultural theory. They will acquire a critical vocabulary and an interpretive methodology for literary artifacts created and/or published in screen media. Finally, they will acquire a basic familiarity with the range of creative works in digital media and the critical debates animating their reception. Students will write both short written exercises (30 percent) and longer essays (40 percent), as well as give an in-class presentation (10 percent). 20 percent of the course grade may be determined by class participation or quizzes. This course is an advanced-level course, for students who have already acquired the prerequisite basic skills in interpretive reading and writing. It expands elective and post-1800 offerings at the 400 level for the English major and minor, and expands the topical range of the English studies curriculum, which currently includes no course dedicated to new media. Special facilities needed: ITEC classroom.


General Education: None
Diversity: None
Bachelor of Arts: Humanities
Effective: Summer 2010

Note : Class size, frequency of offering, and evaluation methods will vary by location and instructor. For these details check the specific course syllabus.

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