DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey

Glazier :: M W , 4:00 PM – 5:50 PM :: Capen 108

DMS 225 Digital Literature Survey, Fall 2012, offers students the opportunity to conduct an intensive survey of the field of digital literature through a focus on literary, visual, and aural elements of language art in the media age. Primary emphasis will be on “reading” the digital texts presented. Course content includes the screening of digital texts, the reading of critical writing about the medium, film screenings, and presentation of other media related to contexts of meaning-making in the digital age. This course, invoking innovative poetry’s relation to digital media, extends media investigations to related issues in film, theory, the phenomenon of the Internet and its relation to “the I”, meaning-making through the context, design, and writerly qualities of Web pages, traditions of hypertext, the materiality of code, the history of e-poetry, and digital media poetry in the academy. For e-poetry, special attention will be given to understanding a broad range of innovative works in the medium including hypertext, digital and kinetic literature, interactive texts, and works in networked and programmable media, and to examining, interpreting, and interrogating the key theoretical texts of the most significant practitioners in the field. The course will include foundational early theory, writings from formative scholarly hypertext theorists, and work by more recent cutting-edge independent digital theorists. Attention will be given to the role of programming as a social, literary, and language-related act. For film and critical material, the course will investigate what changes in perception and art-marking are entered through science, technology, and “future” life. The cultural impact of films related to programming/cyberculture will be discussed, with regular film screenings constituting part of the course content. Discussion of key literary, cybercultural and media theory authors as relevant will occur, with special attention to crucial moments in contemporary poetry that have helped define and shape material approaches to innovative art practice. Online texts will be read as appropriate, especially for a sense of current research in the field. There are NO prerequisites for this class. WARNING: Films may contain subject matter of a sensitive or controversial nature. COURSE REQUIREMENTS: Weekly readings, oral presentations, a film journal, a final project, exams, and quizzes as necessary. Attendance is crucial. For Media Study majors, this course fulfills Advanced Analysis or Media Study Elective.

Online works: Cayley, Rosenberg, Glazier, Memmott, Mencia, Mez, And, Upton, Damon. etc. Poetry: Zukofsky, Pound, Williams, Creeley, Stein, Eigner, Olson, H.D., etc. Music: Art Ensemble of Chicago, Elvin Jones, Henry Threadgill, Charles Mingus, Charlie Parker, Thelonious Monk, etc. Films. Possible screenings include: Tarkofsky, Marker, science films, early Twentieth century experimental cinema, Maya Deren, Lang, Resnais, Brakhage, Makavejev, the Dalai Lama, etc. Theoretical Works: Baudrillard, Derrida, Benjamin, Deleuze, Serres, Panofksy, etc. TEXT. Digital Poetics: the Making of E-Poetries (Loss Pequeño Glazier) at Talking Leaves Books.