Week 7, 10/11

Due Monday: Two responses to two different Liu blog entries. AND begin thinking about: “fram[ing your] presentations [of visual culture] by assuming that [you] are ethnographers who come from, and are reporting back to, a society that has no concept of visual culture…” Class will meet in Student Services Center 140.
Due Wednesday: “Does literature really have a future in a new media ecology where the fiercest, deepest, and most meaningful identity tales of our young people seem to be beholden to iPods and other I-media of music, video, chat, and blogs?” (Liu). Find two or three examples to support the argument that it does and share  links to these examples as replies to this page. Be prepared to explain why the examples you select are worthwhile. (or argue – forcefully, using examples – that it does not.) [I recommend reading Erik and Julia’s recent posts as you consider this task]

Wednesday, Oct 13: I ask that you use the time we would have spent in class (fifty minutes) to read one another’s posts on digital literature. Dig in; comment; offer questions and critique; and mine the links between your (i.e. y’all’s) ideas to create (digital) tunnels to connect them.

This weekend: Given the promising dialogue arising between you in your blog posts and comments, I’m mightily tempted to linger around topics such as digital literature and new media and to continue to ask you to explore your ideas about literature’s future in a new media-driven twenty-first century. But I suspect you can do that – if you wish (and I hope you do) – without further prompting.  So, instead, I’d like to extend the discussion of digital literature and new media by introducing you to text encoding (we’ll get to text analysis and visualizations soon):

  • Start by reading two versions of the same Jane Austen text: Persuasion (for this assignment, read chapters 10 & 11 only) Gutenberg & Jane Austen’s Fiction Mss.
  • Both versions exist on the web.
  • One version exists underlyingly in XML (extensible markup language) format. One does not.
  • Your task is, after reading both, to articulate, in as much critical and scrupulously picky detail as you can, the difference. (you can do this via blog post, diigo markup, or, if you wish, by handwriting notes)

Friday, October 15 – Reading Day (No Classes)

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