Dr. Robert Fletcher
Hours: TThF 11-12, Th , and by appointment
This course will introduce you to the ways in which technoculture has 1) become the topic of literary representations, and 2) begun to change the very media and forms of "literature." In other words, we'll look at how computers and network culture are now often both the subjects and media chosen by imaginative writers. We will
· read fiction about cyberspace
· view a film about androids
· navigate a hypertext fiction about the life of a female monster
· explore the web looking for poetry
· perhaps play a game or a simulation
· try our hands at composing critical/creative cybertexts.
Along the way, we will study the historical development of new media and a number of the social and theoretical issues these media have raised. I hope you will leave the course with a greater appreciation for how technology is changing the ways in which we read and write and also how we think about ourselves and our relationship to the world.
· Enhance students’ skills in reading literature and working with computers;
· Refine students’ writing skills through workshops on hypertext/hypermedia composition and by facilitating the writing process through opportunities for feedback and revision;
· Develop students’ critical thinking skills by building on the theories of reader response covered in LIT 168 and by introducing them to theories and histories of cybertextuality;
· Introduce students to significant literary and cultural developments of the last twenty years and relate them to older traditions of print culture.
· Consistent close reading of all required course materials, as demonstrated through classroom participation and/or quizzes 15%
· Weekly contributions to online collaborative journal (discussion board) 10%
· Leading class discussion on e-lit text of your choice 5%
· Hypermedia translation of print literary text 20%
· Hypertext/website on some aspect of the cyberpunk/posthuman theme 20%
· Final multimedia/hypertext project (creative/critical in nature, two drafts or versions) 20% (or, if no final exam is given, 30%)
· At instructor’s discretion: final examination (which will ask you to think about and respond to issues raised throughout the term) (10%, if given)
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Late Assignments: Papers or other assignments submitted late will have 1/3 of a grade deducted for each day (not class period) that passes after the due date. I will not accept any assignment more than 1 week late.
Plagiarism: "Plagiarism is using another's words or ideas without appropriate acknowledgement" (MLA Style Manual 4). In formal essays, "acknowledgement" means using conventions of citation such as the quotation marks and parenthetical note in the previous sentence. Even if you paraphrase someone's words, you must provide a note showing your debt. NOTE: If you plagiarize or use commercial study aids (e.g. Cliff's Notes), in your formal essays, you will receive an irrevocable "F" grade.
Attendance: You are permitted two absences during the semester, excluding those for major medical problems, which will be handled on an individual basis. If you miss too much of the semester--even with a legitimate medical excuse--I may have to ask you to withdraw. After two cuts, your final grade in the course will be lowered a third of a grade (e.g. from B to B-) for each cut.