English 10, Introduction to Literary Study Course website: www.lisaswanstrom.net/english10.htm
(Literature & Culture of Information Emphasis)
Enrollment Code 15420
Time: TR, 5:00- 6:40p.m.
Location: HSSB 1206;
Lisa Swanstrom, Instructor email@example.com
Office Hours: T,R 3:30-4:30
Office: Phelps 6330
“I haven't lost my mind; it's backed up on tape somewhere.”
Data Made Flesh or Flesh Turned Code? Issues of Identity in the Digital Age
In addition to providing a general introduction to literary study, this course will seek and explore connections between literature and technology, with special emphasis paid to issues of identity in the Age of Information. Through a close reading of a broad range of literary forms, including comic books, novels, short fiction, poetry, and hyper-linked meta-texts, we will consider the role technology plays in our conception of human being, as well as how our conception of human being shapes and influences our technology. In light of this guiding consideration, we will discuss and question techno-textual representations and manifestations of things such as memory, gender, information, science, consciousness, and embodiment.
Note: If you are a student with a disability and would like to discuss special academic accommodations, please contact me by e-mail or during office hours.
Bradbury, Ray. The Illustrated Man
Gibson, William. Neuromancer
Swift, Jonathan. Gulliver’s Travels
Course Reader (Available at the UCSB Bookstore)
Participation (physical) 10 %
Participation (virtual) 5
Periodic Response Papers (1 page, single-spaced) & Quizzes 15
Presentation(s) (your choice of two texts to show and tell) 10
Mid-term (paper 1, 6-9 pages, typed & double-spaced) 25
Final (paper 2, 6-9 pages, typed & double-spaced) 25
Late papers will be penalized a full letter grade for each day past due. You are, however, allowed to turn in one late paper, no questions asked, within a week of the original deadline. This does not apply for the final paper.
Attendance: Since this class will offer frequent opportunities for in-class writing, peer revision, and group discussion, attendance is mandatory. It is generally not possible to make up missed class work.
Plagiarism Warning: Materials submitted to fulfill academic requirements must represent a student’s own efforts. Any act of academic dishonesty is unacceptable and will not be tolerated.
READING AND ASSIGNMENT SHEDULE
Note: syllabus is provisional and subject to change.
Writing & Technology as Cure and Curse
Introduction to the class
Homework: sign into the class forum; read Plato, McLuhan, & Clowes for Thursday; all texts on reserve at library.
Plato’s Phaedrus (available on-line: http://eserver.org/philosophy/plato/phaedrus.txt)
Marshall McLuhan’s The Medium is the Massage (excerpt, in reader)
Daniel Clowes’ 8-Ball # 23. The Death-Ray (on reserve at library)
Homework: sign into the class forum. read Freud, Kafka, and Bradbury for Tuesday
Suggested reading: Viola
Weeks 2 & 3
The Technology of Memory
THIRD & FOURTH CLASSES
Freud’s “A Note Upon the Mystic Writing Pad” (in reader)
Kafka “In the Penal Colony” (available on-line: http://www.adam16mr.org/kafka.txt)
Selections from Bradbury’s Illustrated Man: the Prologue and “The Veldt”
Suggested reading: Viola’s “Will There Be Condominiums in Cyberspace?” (in reader)
Homework: start reading Neuromancer
FIFTH AND SIXTH CLASSES
Response 1 due.
Film: Christopher Nolan’s Memento
Homework: read Foucault, Rilke, Ellison, and Vonnegut for Tuesday; continue reading Neuromancer
Suggested reading: Deleuze
Suggested reading: Tsutsui
Weeks 4 & 5
Literature & Technology of Surveillance
SEVENTH & EIGHTH CLASSES
Foucault’s “Panopticism” (in reader)
Harlan Ellison’s “‘Repent, Harlequin!’ Said the Ticktockman” (in reader)
Kurt Vonnegut’s “Harrison Bergeron” (in reader)
Rainer Maria Rilke’s poem “Panther” (in reader)
Suggested reading: Gilles Deleuze’s “Postscript on Control Societies” (in reader)
Suggested reading: Yasutaka Tsutsui’s “Standing Woman” (in reader)
Homework: read Swift and Holub for Thursday; continue reading Neuromancer
NINTH & TENTH CLASSES
Response 2 due.
Jonathan Swift’s Gulliver’s Travels (excerpts from Lilliput, Brobdingnag, Balnibari & Laputa)
Miroslav Holub’s “In the Microscope” (in reader)
Homework: read Baudrillard, Coleridge, and Bradbury for Tuesday; continue reading Neuromancer
Suggested reading: de Bord
Suggested reading: Heidegger
Society of Mind(s): Gender, Self-Perception, and Virtual Communities
Game Day: Adventure Quest, Kaboom! The LamdaMoo, etc.
Homework: finish reading Lux, Caroll, Turkle, Pham, Minsky, Burns, Semonides for Thursday
Sherry Turkle’s “Cyberspace and Identity” (in reader)
Alex Pham’s “Boy, You Fight Like a Girl” (in reader)
Marvin Minsky’s “Society of Mind” (excerpt, in reader)
Thomas Lux’s “The Voice You Hear When You Read Silently,” (in reader)
Robert Burns’ “To a Louse” (in reader)
Lewis Carroll’s “Jabberwocky” & [Humpty Dumpty’s Explication of Jabberwocky] (in reader)
Semonides of Amorgos’ Greek Lyric “An Essay on Woman” (in reader)
Homework: read Amis, Shelley, cummings, Emmet, and Nelson
Suggested reading: David Hume’s “Abstract on the Treatise on Human Nature” (available online: http://www.class.uidaho.edu/mickelsen/texts/Hume%20%20-%20Abstract.htm)
Weeks 7 & 8
Gardens of Forking (Hypertext) Paths
THIRTEENTH & FOURTEENTH CLASSES
Response 4 due.
Theodor N. Nelson’s “Proposal for a Universal Electronic Publishing System and Archive” (in reader)
Percy Bysshe Shelley’s “Ozymandius” (in reader)
Martin Amis’ “ Denton’s Death”
e.e. cummings’ “ r-p-o-p-h-e-s-s-a-g-r ,” (available on-line: http://www.poets.org/poems/poems.cfm?prmID=1184)
William Emmet’s “Typewriter,” (available on-line: http://transcriptions.english.ucsb.edu/MA/Williams-typewriter.gif)
Homework: read Borges, Zeno’s paradox, Holub, Bloomfield (on-line), Return to the Cave of Time, Hughes; Consider: the structure of Ray Bradbury’s Illustrated Man
Suggested reading: “Death and the Compass”
FIFTEENTH & SIXTEENTH CLASSES
Jorge Luis Borges’ “The Garden of Forking Paths” (in reader)
Miroslav Holub’s poem “The Minotaur on Love” (in reader)
Zeno’s Paradox (available on-line: http://www.mathacademy.com/pr/prime/articles/zeno_tort/index.asp)
Return to the Cave of Time, Choose Your Own Adventure #50 (on reserve)
Lisa Bloomfield and Rod Val Moore’s cybertext “Two Brothers” http://www.drunkenboat.com/db6/ (on-line)
Langston Hughes’ poem “Garden” (in reader)
Suggested reading: Jorge Luis Borges’ “Death and the Compass” (in reader)
Homework: read Haraway, Monkey Versus Robot, Flaming Lips
Weeks 9 & 10
Simulation, Spectacle, Cyberspace
SEVENTEENTH & EIGHTEENTH CLASSES
Response 3 due.
William Gibson’s Neuromancer
Suggested reading: Lev Manovich’s “Principles of New Media” (in reader)
Suggested reading: Nicola Nixon’s “Cyberpunk” (in reader)
Homework: start reading Lux, Turkle, Pham, Minsky, Burns, Semonides for Thursday. Continue working on rough draft.
Suggested reading: Hume
NINETEENTH & TWENTIETH CLASSES
Discussion: Neuromancer, Continued
Homework: continue reading Lux, Turkle, Pham, Minsky, Burns, Semonides for next Thursday.
Suggested reading: Hume; Nixon
Finish rough draft of mid-term paper for Thursday. E-mail me your draft by Wednesday night for Peer Review.
Rough Draft Workshop in Leadbetter Lab
Rough draft of Paper 1 due.
Discussion: Neuromancer, Continued
Homework: final paper due on Tuesday