Post-Print Fiction

Calendar

Week 1 - August 31 (Introductions)

Week 2 - September 7 (Reading and Reflection)

  • Italo Calvino, If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  • Peter Rabinowitz, excerpts from Before Reading (Blackboard)
  • Johanna Drucker, “The Codex and Its Variations” from The Century of Artists’ Books, pp. 121-159 (Blackboard)
  • September 6 is the last day to drop class without tuition penalty
  • In class: Jason Shiga on making an interactive comic, Nick Montfort's The Girl and the Wolf

Week 3 - September 14 (A Network of Lines)

  • If On a Winter’s Night a Traveler
  • Michel Foucault, “What is an Author?” from The Foucault Reader, pp. 101-120 (Blackboard)
  • William S. Burroughs, "The Cut-Up Method of Brion Gysin" (Blackboard)
  • In class: Raymond Queneau, One Hundred Thousand Billion Poems (1961)

Week 4 - September 21 (Databased Storytelling)

  • Jonathan Harris and Sep Kamvar, We Feel Fine
  • Jonathan Harris, The Whale Hunt
  • Roland Barthes, “The Death of the Author” from Image-Music-Text, pp. 142-148 (Blackboard)
  • Jorge Luis Borges, "The Garden of Forking Paths" (Blackboard)
  • Marie-Laure Ryan, “Toward an Interactive Narratology” from Avatars of Story, pp. 97-125 (Blackboard)
  • Lev Manovich, “The Database” from The Language of New Media, pp. 218-236 (Blackboard)
  • In class: We Feel Fine Backend, Taroko Gorge

Week 5 - September 28 (The Writer and the Crowd)

  • Don DeLillo, Mao II
  • Elias Canetti, except from Crowds and Power (Blackboard)
  • John Cawelti, “The Writer as a Celebrity: Some Aspects of American Literature as Popular Culture” in Studies in American Fiction (Blackboard)
  • Tim Carmody, 10 Reading Revolutions Before E-Books in The Atlantic

Week 6 - October 5 (The Dying of the Author)

Week 7 - October 12 (This is not for you)

Week 8 - October 19 (Pisces)

  • House of Leaves
  • Walter Benjamin, "The Storyteller” from Illuminations, pp 83-109 (Blackboard)
  • Johanna Drucker, “The Artist’s Book as a Rare and/or Auratic Object” from The Century of Artists’ Books, pp. 92-120 (Blackboard)
  • Annotation I due

Week 9 - October 26 (Flagstaff)

  • House of Leaves

Week 10 - November 2 (Interactive Fiction)

Week 11 - November 9 (The Revolt against the Author)

  • Salvador Plascencia, People of Paper

Week 12 - November 16 (Chance and Process)

Week 13 – November 23 (Thanksgiving)

  • No Class

Week 14 - November 30 (Do Overs and Remixes)

  • Jonathan Blow, Braid
  • Creative Project Due

Week 15 - December 7 (A Return to the Book)

  •  Anne Carson, Nox