A Bigger Place to Play:
release version 1.2
Randy Bass, English, firstname.lastname@example.org
Release Version for Bigger Place to Play -- 1996
Student Responsibilities | Reading Schedule
Evaluation will be based on engagement and participation in the course, and evaluation on the following assignments:
I. Overview of Topics, Issues, Technologies (weeks 1-2)
T, 1/14: Opening Session: "Resisting the Myths of the Electronic Frontier" Where: Reiss 282
T, 1/21: "What Are we Talking About When We're Talking About Electronic Texts?" Where: Reiss 282
Reading: Kevin Kelly, "Hive Mind" from Out of Control (handout); Michael Joyce, "Siren Shapes: Exploratory and Constructive Hypertexts" (handout); Jerome McGann, "Rationale of Hypertext"; the 1996 Hypertext version of Unit III of A Bigger Place to Play: Rhetoric of Hypertext: Multilinearity and the Making of Meaning (weeks 3-5)
T, 1/28: Making Meaning in Hypertext and Electronic Texts (I) Where: New North 311
Reading: Landow, Hypertext (at least chaps. 1-4)
II. Rhetoric of Hypertext, cont.
T, 2/4: Making Meaning in Hypertext (II) Where: New North 311
Reading: Landow, Hypertext (finish); Lanham, The Electronic Word (chaps. 1-2). Landow, ed. Hyper/Text/Theory (chaps 2, 3).
T, 2/11: Making Meaning in Hypertext (III) Where: Reiss 282
Draft group critiques of hypertext projects. Reading: Landow, ed. Hyper/Text/Theory (chaps 5, 6, and 11).
III. Topics: Text, Knowledge, Pedagogy
T, 2/18: Electronic Texts, Databases, Archives Where: New North 311
Reading: Lynette Hunter, "Fact-Information-Data-Knowledge: Databases as a Way of Organizing Knowledge." Literary & Linguistic Computing Oxford University Press. 5.1 (1990): 49;
Projects: Hypertexts on Hypertext due in class. You'll be in six groups of three people. Group presentation of hypertexts in class. Group turns in a paper write-up that includes a one page cover sheet summarizing the approach and individual one page write-ups on conclusions and questions raised about the claims and contexts of hypertext, having worked on a hypertext about hypertext.
T, 2/25: Narrative, Inquiry, and Cultural Archives Where: New North 311
Reading: Roy Rosenzweig and Michael O'Malley, "Brave New World of Blind Alley? American History on the World Wide Web, review essay for the Journal of American History, June 1997; Roy Rosenzweig, "So, What's Next for Clio?" CD-ROM and Historians"; Journal of American History 81.4 (March 1995): 1621-1640; Randy Bass, "Can American Studies Find a Whole in the Net?," American Studies in Scandinavia (Fall, 1996).
T, 3/4: Narrative, Inquiry, and Cultural Archives (II) Where: Reiss 282
Reading: Henrietta Shirk, "Cognitive Architecture in Hypermedia Instruction"; Glen Hoptman, "The Virtual Museum and Related Epistemological Concerns" (handouts); Stone, War of Desire and Technology (Intro, 1, 6, 7); See also related links for electronic fieldwork.
T, 3/11: Procrastination, Margaritas, Sleep (Spring break)
T, 3/18: Blurred Boundaries of The Interface: Narrative, Archive, and Knowledge
Readings: Gary Marchionini, "Bringing Treasures to the Surface: Iterative Design for the Library of Congress National Digital Library Program" (handout and on web); Cliffor Geertz, "Blurred Genres" (handout). Lanham, chaps 5 and 6; See also related links for electronic fieldwork.
Begin thinking about and working on site analysis.
T, 3/25: Electronic Texts, Knowledge, and Pedagogy
Reading: Lanham, (chaps 4, 7, 8); Clifford Stoll, Silicon Snake Oil (handout)
T, 4/1: Postmodernity and the Subject
Reading: Poster, Second Media Age, chaps 1 &2; Stone, War of Desire and Technology; Jameson, "The Cultural Logic of Late Capitalism";
T, 4/8: Postmodernity and the Subject:
Reading: Deleuze and Guattari, "Introduction" (Rhizome); Hyper/Text/Theory (chaps 8 and 9).
T, 4/15: MOO Night (led by Eric Hofmann)
T, 4/22: Class: Synthesis
T, 4/29: Critique of Projects
T, 5/6: Critique of Projets (make up class)
FINAL PROJECTS DUE: Thursday, May 13.