Intro to Digital Humanities & New Media

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LIT 306E Weekly Schedule

Professor Kathi Inman Berens

Quarterly system: 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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