Introduction: Digital Humanities & New Media

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LIT 306E Weekly Schedule

Professor Kathi Inman Berens

Marylhurst University, Winter 2014

Marylhurst student Lans Pacifico visualizes Dickinson's "A Certain Slant of Light"

Marylhurst student Lans Pacifico visualizes Dickinson’s “A Certain Slant of Light”

WEEK 1 — SONG FOR A COMMON CULTURE
Stephen Ramsay, The Hermeneutics of Screwing Around; or What You Do With a Million Books
T.S. Eliot, “The Wasteland” app

WEEK 2 — ADAPTATION
Linda Hutcheon “A Theory of Adaptation” [Chapter one, “Beginning to Theorize Adaptation, pp. 1-32.]
Lizzie Bennet Diaries — episodes 1-25
Janet Potter, Five Reasons to Watch The Lizzie Bennet Diaries
Mr. Darcy’s Twitter

WEEK 3 — ART, AURA & “DEFORMANCE”
Walter Benjamin, “The Work of Art in the Age of Mechanical Reproduction
Mark Sample, “Notes Toward a Deformed Humanities
Paul Benzon’s deformation assignment (We’ll do a variant of this. Just wanted you to see deformation from a “making” or more accurately “breaking” perspective.)

WEEK 4 — SPREADABLE MEDIA
Henry Jenkins, Sam Ford and Josh Green, Introduction to Spreadable Media: Creating Value and Meaning in a Networked Culture

WEEK 5 — CREATIVITY, COPYRIGHT & REMIX
Jonathan Coulton‘s cover of Sir Mix-A-Lot’s “Baby Got Back” is ripped off by Glee’s uncredited copy; see also this
Andy Baio, Kind of Screwed
Johanna Blakely, “Lessons from Fashion’s Free Culture

WEEK 6 — MOBILITY & THE “DISCONNECTED” LIFE?
Sherry Turkle, Alone Together: Why We Expect More From Technology and Less From Each Other part 1 “The Robotic Moment: In Solitude, New Intimacies” and part 2 “Networked: In Intimacy, New Solitudes”
Jason Farman, “The Myth of the Disconnected Life

Christine  Wilks' "Underbelly" is a playable story about a sculptor haunted by voices of 19th-century women miners.

Christine Wilks’ “Underbelly” is a playable story about a sculptor haunted by voices of 19th-century women miners.

WEEK 7 — POETRY FOR HUMANS AND MACHINES
Lans Pacifico, Visualizing Emily Dickinson & Walt Whitman
Nick Montfort & Stephanie Strickland, “Sea and Spar Between
I made a 27-minute audio lecture to guide you through N. Katherine Hayles’ essay “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine.

WEEK 8 — CHOOSE YOUR OWN 19th CENTURY
Mark Marino, “Living Will
Frankenstein app This is a CYOA [Choose Your Own Adventure] adaptation of Mary Shelley’s novel.

WEEK 9 — “POST”HUMAN?
Christine Wilks, “Underbelly
John Scalzi, “Straight White Male Is the Lowest Difficulty Setting There Is
Tara McPherson, “Why Are the Digital Humanities So White; or Thinking the Histories of Race & Computation“. This 17-minute audio lecture will guide you through McPherson’s argument.

WEEK 10 — WORKSHOP: MAKING OUR FINAL PROJECTS

WEEK 11 — SHARE FINAL PROJECTS & REVIEW

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