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Syllabus

September 28: Introduction to the course

Reading

September 30: Manuscripts and metafictions
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves (Introduction and Chapters I-IV, pp. xi-40; look at exhibits and appendices)

October 5: Reading and detection
Danielewski, House of Leaves (Chapters V-VIII, pp. 41-106)

October 7: Textuality and authorship
Danielewski, House of Leaves (Chapters IX-X and XX, pp. 107-245, 423-489)

October 12: Copying and the author function
Jorge Luis Borges, “Pierre Menard, Author of the Quixote and Jonathan Lethem, “The Ecstasy of Influence

October 14: Semiotics
Selections from Roland Barthes, Mythologies (“The World of Wrestling”; “The Romans in Films”; “Dominici, or the Triumph of Literature”; “Ornamental Cookery”; “Photography and Electoral Appeal”)

October 19: Barthes, semiotics, symptomatic reading (continued)

The literary

October 21: Historicism and periodization
Dante Gabriel Rossetti, “The Blessed Damozel” and Alfred Lord Tennyson, “The Lady of Shalott

October 26: Metaphor and poetic form
Emily Dickinson, “I dwell in Possibility” and William Shakespeare, Sonnet 18 and Sonnet 130

October 28: Consciousness and interiority
Excerpt from Virginia Woolf, Mrs. Dalloway (pp. 3-29)

November 2: Character
Herman Melville, “Bartleby, the Scrivener” [mandatory in-class writing assignment]

November 4: Irony, allegory, tone
Nadine Gordimer, “Once Upon a Time”; Jamaica Kincaid, “Girl”; and Arundhati Roy, “The Briefing

November 9: Speculative fiction
Manjula Padmanabhan, Harvest

November 11: University holiday

Discipline (analog + digital)

November 16: Charles Dickens, Hard Times (Book I)

November 18: Dickens, Hard Times (Book II)

November 23: Dickens, Hard Times (Book III)

November 25: Class canceled for Thanksgiving holiday

November 30: Text analysis and digital bibliography
Geoffrey Rockwell, ”What is Text Analysis?

December 2: Electronic literature
Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “Rain on the Sea”; Donna Leishman, RedRidinghood; Jason Nelson, “Nothing You Have Done Deserves Such Praise
–!> iPad and iPhone apps (watch videos): Jason Edward Lewis and Bruno Nadeau, P.o.E.M.M. = Poetry for Excitable [Mobile] Media; Erik Loyer, Strange Rain; The Fantastic Flying Books of Mr. Morris Lessmore
–!> Video documentation: Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse, Between Page and Screen

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