Daily Schedule

WEEK ONE – INTRODUCTION TO TEXTUAL MEDIA

Tuesday, August 30

What is Textual media? Digital Textuality? New Media? What about the technical stuff? Email, blog, web accounts.

Thursday, September 1

  • Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature, pages 1-23, found in the course reader (CR)
  • Jay David Bolter, Writing Space, pages 23-26, 40-46, and 91-98 (CR)
  • A recent debate on Grand Text Auto about Aarseth’s neologisms ("cybertext" and "ergodic")
  • A Hundred Thousand Billion Poems by Raymond Queneau is a famous example of what Aarseth calls a "cybertext"
  • Aarseth thinks of texts as labyrinths or mazes
  • The book Maze, by Christopher Mason (1985)

WEEK TWO – LEARNING FROM OLD MEDIA

Tuesday, September 6

Thursday, September 8

WEEK THREE – READERS AND WRITERS

Tuesday, September 13

  • If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, pages 132-209
  • * Exploratory Writing on Calvino due *

Thursday, September 15

    If on a Winter’s Night a Traveler, pages 210-259

WEEK FOUR – CHOOSE YOUR OWN ADVENTURE

Tuesday, September 20

  • Marie-Laure Ryan, Narrative as Virtual Reality, pages 204-224 (CR)
  • * Exploratory Writing on Calvino (revised ) due *

Thursday, September 22

  • Narrative as Virtual Reality, pages 242-270 (CR)
  • Choose Your Own Adventure

WEEK FIVE – INTERACTIVE FICTION

Tuesday, September 27

  • Nick Montfort, Twisty Little Passages, pages 95-117 (CR)
  • To Play: Adventure and Zork
  • In Class: Eliza

Thursday, September 29

WEEK SIX – INTERACTIVE FICTION, TAKE TWO

Tuesday, October 4

Thursday, October 6

WEEK SEVEN – HYPERTEXT AND HYPERFICTION

Tuesday, October 11

    No Class: Monday-Tuesday Switch Day

Thursday, October 13

WEEK EIGHT

Tuesday, October 18

Thursday, October 20

  • Michael Joyce, Afternoon

WEEK NINE

Tuesday, October 25

  • Afternoon
  • Writing Space, pages 121-130 (CP)

Thursday, October 27

WEEK TEN – TEXTUAL MACHINES, TEXTUAL ENGINES

Tuesday, November 1

Thursday, November 3

  • In-class Peer Review
  • * Draft of Media Analysis #2 Due *

WEEK ELEVEN – THE LANGUAGE OF NEW MEDIA

Tuesday, November 8

Thursday, November 10

WEEK TWELVE – NEW MEDIA AND THE CULTURAL PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Tuesday, November 15

Thursday, November 17

Tuesday, November 22

Thursday, November 24

    No Class: Thanksgiving

WEEK FOURTEEN – NEW MEDIA AND THE CULTURAL PAST, PRESENT, AND FUTURE

Tuesday, November 29

Thursday, December 1

    Cultural Archive New Media Analysis Workshop

WEEK FIFTEEN

Tuesday, December 6

    Cultural Archive Analyses Presentations

Thursday, December 8

  • Links to the beginning: What is Textual Media again?
  • New Media Analysis #3 due in Class