Semester: Spring 2006 Time: T 3:00 - 5:30 pm Place: Kuy 411
Instructor: John Zuern
Office: Kuykendall 219 Office Hours: TR 1:30 - 3:00 (and by appointment)
Email (the best way to contact me): firstname.lastname@example.org Telephone: 956-3019
Your final grade for this class will be based on the following assignments:
You may use the blog throughout the semester as a way of communicating with classmates and commenting on our readings and discussions. You are required to post at least once each week in response to the assigned readings and activities. Each of your posts must meet the following criteria:
Choose at least one of the assigned electronic texts and at least one of the assigned critical texts and prepare a 15-minute presentation aimed at teaching the material to your classmates. You should spend some time with the literary text itself, referring to specific passages or features and attempting to connect them with concepts and critical techniques discussed in the scholarly texts. Try to formulate questions or take positions that will spur discussion. You should also think of an activity--a brief analysis of a passage of the text, for example, or a "click through" of certain interactive features of the text-- that will involve your classmates directly with the central ideas of your presentation.
You may bring in whatever additional material you think will help you illustrate your points, but remember that the time limit will be strictly enforced. We may well extend the conversation about your topic beyond the 15 minutes, but one of the goals here is to work effectively within set parameters.
You may not read from a prepared text. You must use some form of electronic media--PowerPoint at the very least--in your presentation. The more you interact directly with the class, the more they are likely to learn from you. top
This short paper gives you a chance to demonstrate your ability to analyze electronic literature within the framework of critical concepts in the field. Choose a primary literary text and write a review of the work that focuses on two or three specific aspects of the text. You should explicitly refer to at least two concepts or problems drawn from the assigned critical reading (you may use outside sources as well; refer to the Web Resources for some additional sources of scholarship.
Your paper must meet the following criteria:
Choose a text that interests you (you may go beyond the reading assignments for this class for your primary text). top
You are required to develop a creative digital literature project of your own, using the skills you will learn during the first weeks of the semester. The final "release version" of your project must demonstrate basic proficiency in these technical skills, but the main criteria for evaluation are as follows:
The release version of your creative project must be accompanied by a 3-page doucmentation of and reflection on the process you went through to create it. This documentation should take the form of a web site that incorporates references to (and ideally links to or screen captures of) various stages of your project's development.
last updated 01/07/06 by jz