Assignment Schedule & Readings

Readings must be completed by the start of class on the days indicated below.

 

The Book

 Week 1  What is a Book?
T Jan 13 Introductions
Th Jan 15 Danielewski, The Familiar Vol. 1, pp. 1-72
By end of week: The Silent History: read Prologue + the first 5 Testimonies (through 1.5 / p. 27)  Note: The first number refers to the iPad numeration; the second refers to the page number in the print edition.
 Week 2  The Signiconic
T Jan 20 The Familiar Vol. 1, pp. 72-325
Th Jan 22 The Familiar Vol. 1, pp. 325-425
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 3.5 / p. 61). Your goal is to read 1-2 Testimonies a day, every day; this will give a sense of what it was like to encounter the text as it was originally serialized
 Week 3  Genre and Format
T Jan 27 The Familiar Vol. 1, pp. 425-675
Th Jan 29 Finish The Familiar Vol. 1
F Jan 30 Due by 11:59 pm: Blog Posts on The Familiar
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 5.5 / p. 97)

 

Reading

 

 Week 4  Interactivity
T Feb 3 Gretchen Henderson, Galerie de Difformité
Hayles, “Print is Flat, Code is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis” (Canvas)
Th Feb 5 Henderson, Galerie de Difformité
Sun Feb 8 Due by 11:59 pm: Reflective Analysis
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 7.5 / p. 143)
 Week 5  Navigation
T Feb 10 Jason Shiga, Meanwhile
Th Feb 12 Watch Shelley Jackson’s traversal of her hypertext novel Patchwork Girl (Part 1 and Part 2; you are welcome to watch parts 3 and 4, but this is not a requirement) 

J. Yellowlees Douglas, “I have Said Nothing

This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 9.5 / p. 193)
 Week 6  Attention, Distraction, and Passivity
T Feb 17 Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “DAK0TA” and “RAIN ON THE SEA
Th Feb 19 William Poundstone, Project for Tachistoscope [Bottomless Pit]
F Feb 20 Due by 11:59 pm: Media-specific analysis
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 11.5 / p. 229)
 Week 7  Fiction Beyond Text
T Feb 24 Jessica Anthony and Rodrigo Corral, Chopsticks
Th Feb 26 Donna Leishman, RedRidingHood
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 13.5 / p. 279)
 Week 8 Playing Fiction
T Mar 3 Abrams and Dorst, S., pp. i-88
Th Mar 5 Abrams and Dorst, S., pp. 88-126
This week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 15.5 / p. 317)
 Week 9  SPRING BREAK
T Mar 10Th Mar 12 No Class This WeekRead Abrams and Dorst, S., 126-426Silent History: Read 15 Testimonies (through 18.5 / p. 384)

 

Platform

 

Week 10 Transmedia
T Mar 17 Abrams and Dorst, S. 126-426
Th Mar 19 Abrams and Dorst, S. 426-endSpend at least three hours exploring transmedia extensions of S.:J. J. Abrams’ S. trailerJen and Eric on Twitter

The S. Files

WhoIsStraka

RadioStraka

This Week Silent History: Read 10 Testimonies (through 20.5 / p. 427)
Week 11 Mobile Media
T Mar 24 Simogo (Simon Flesser and Magnus Gardebäck), Device 6Erik Loyer, Strange Rain

Note: This week’s readings will be available on iPad, which students will be able to borrow from Weber State

Th Mar 26 Simogo, Device 6
Su Mar 29 Due by 11:59 pm: Literary Analysis Paper
This Week Silent History: read through for Tuesday’s assignment
Week 12 Mobile Media, continued
T Mar 31 Eli Horowitz et al., The Silent History (through 23.5 / p. 483)
Th Apr 2 Finish The Silent HistoryRead two Field Reports from Cambridge, Massachusetts (on Canvas)Friedman, “Silent History Field Reports: My Experience in Richmond, VA
Week 13 Other Digital Platforms
T Apr 7 Twitter: David Mitchell, “The Right Sort
Th Apr 9 UPDATED: “I Work For the Web: a netprov”

Writing

 Week 14 Collaborative Narrative
T Apr 14 UPDATED: “I Work for the Web: a netprov” continued

  • Sign up for Twitter
  • Tweet at least once to contribute to the netprov–making sure to use the #IWFW hashtag. (All tweets need to be posted by Monday, April 13th.)
  • Follow the #IWFW hashtag through Monday night on Twitter to see how the narrative develops.
Th Apr 16 UPDATED:

Transliteracies Research Report by Nicole Strosielski: “CaveWriting and the CAVE Simulator

Noah Wardrip-Fruin, Josh Carroll, Robert Coover, Shawn Greenlee, Andrew McClain, and Benjamin “Sascha” Shine, Screen

Week 15 Collaborative Narrative, Continued
T Apr 21 UPDATED:

Jeremy Douglass, Juan B. Gutierrez, Jeremy High, Mark C. Marino, and LisaAnne Tao, The LA Flood Project:

-Explore the “Emergency Simulation”: Read the timeline and browse the Twitter archive

-Go to “Fictional Narrative” and read at least 5 points on the map

-Explore at least five “Oral Histories

Th Apr 23 DUE in class: Deformance Reflections and Conclusions
F April 24 DUE by 11:59 pm to Canvas: Manifesto + 3 images of your Deformance