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“Never forget that. Always remember the fun.” -Robert Coover

Introductions all around

Tuesday, August 31st
Introduction to the class & each other
Show your neighbor your neighborhood…
Read: syllabus & course website, post an intro/image to the course blog

Thursday, September 2nd
Situating electronic literature
Class planning: blog & discussion assignments
Read: Electronic Literature Chapter 1 & “electronic literature: what is it?” by N. Katherine Hayles

Electronic literature form & genres: how did we get here?

Tuesday, September 7th
“bring it to the table”: What is e-lit? Why should we read it? Write it?
Multimodal affordances & Medium is the message
Read: “The Medium is the Message” by Marshall McLuhan, "As We May Think" by Vannevar Bush & "The End of Books" by Robert Coover (& Multiliteracies, The New London Group?) (by next week)

Thursday, September 9th
Play: Interactive Art (UNH Museum field trip?)
Read: EL Chp. 2 & Cent Mille milliards de poems (Hundred thousand billion poems) by Raymond Queneau (& ELD entry & assemble your own poem)

Tuesday, September 14th
“bring it to the table”: combinatory poetics
Exquisite corpse about you (but really about all of us)
Read:  Storyland by Nanette Wylde & Taroko Gorge s& the deletionist by Nick Montfort

Thursday, September 16th
Play: Dada & Oulipo
Read: EL Chp. 3 & “The Garden of Forking Paths” by Jorge Luis Borges (& Forking Paths in the ELMCIP)

Down the rabbit hole… hypertext & games & how things work

Tuesday, September 21st
“bring it to the table”: POMO to e-lit
Read afternoon or Patchwork Girl (in-class)
Read: “Strachey’s nineteen-fifties love machine” by Siobhan Roberts & “An Account of Randomness in Literary Computing” by Mark Sample

Thursday, September 23rd
Play: Generative poems
Read: Entre Ville by JR Carpenter, My Body a Wunderkammer by Shelley Jackson & “A Cyborg Manifesto” by Donna Haraway

Tuesday, September 28th
“bring it to the table”: hypertext
Lexia to Perplexia & preservation of “old media” (ELMCIP & Traversals)
Introduce midterm analysis essay/presentation/ ELD entries

(Sign up for ThingLink (invite code on Thursday's <Play>))

Thursday, September 30th
PLAY: hypertext                      
Optional proposal conferences
Read: EL Chp. 4 & Zork & “The Enduring Legacy of Zork” by Elizabeth Woyke

Tuesday, October 5th
“bring it to the table”: Games or literature?
Play/Read The Bafflement Fires, DWTD, The Stanley Parable (in class)
Proposals due
Read: “Good literature can come in digital forms – just look to the world of video games” by James O’Sullivan & "Twine Game Narrative and discussion about LGBTQ representation" by , Luiza C. Braganca, Rosilane R. Mota, and Eduardo P.C. Fantini

(Download Twine2 & look at example & Twine Cookbook)

Thursday, October 7th
Play: Twine  
Read: EL Chp. 5 & i love you)last night by e.e. cummings, dear e.e. by Lori Janis and Ingrid Ankerson (video), Cruising by Ingrid Ankerson & Megan Sapnar & ii in the white darkness by Reiner Strasser & M.D. Coverly

Tuesday, October 12th
“bring it to the table”: the medium is the metaphor
(& the death of Flash)
Draft conferences this week
Read: The Dreamlife of Letters & Star Wars One Letter at a Time (video) by Brian Kim Stefans, Faith by Robert Kendall, & Lotus Blossom byYoung-Hae Chang Heavy Industries

(watch Photoshop animation or Adobe Animate tutorial)

Thursday, October 14th
Play: Movement
Workshop/revisions on analysis/presentations

Respond: Lit. analysis (but different)

Tuesday, October 19th
E-lit analysis essay drafts & presentations due!

Thursday, October 21st
Presentations continued
Workshop/ revisions on ELD entries
Read: EL chp. 6 &The Unknown by Scott Rettberg & co., Occupy MLA transcript (originally on Twitter) by Mark Marino and Rob Wittig, & Live/Archive: Occupy MLA byKathi Inman Berens

Here’s where things start to get weird… collaborative & immersive spaces

Tuesday, October 26th
“bring it to the table”: collaboration & networks
Final e-lit analysis & ELD entries due/submitted!
Read: We Feel Fine info. & gallery, Yesterday, Today, & Tomorrow, & begin Motto (indoors & on your phone, outside on Thursday)

Thursday, October 28th
Play: Collaboration
Read: EL chp. 7 & P.o.E.M.M. by Jason Lewis and Bruno Nadeau (download Speak) & Strange Rain & Text Rain by Camille Utterback. Far Away from Far Away, & Bubble (both on phone)

Tuesday, November 2nd
“bring it to the table”: mobile & touch & immersive spaces
Read Pearl in class or outside of class
(& behind the scenes of Pearl)
Introduce final projects

(look at Scene & Google Earth for 360)

Thursday, November 4th
Play: Virtual
Read: “VR is the ultimate empathy machine” & Clouds Over Sidra by Chris Milk & Queerskins: A Love Story by Illya Szilak and Cyril Tsiboulski (& Stanford VHIL)

Tuesday, November 9th
“bring it to the table”: VR & empathy
Let it Brain's This is Not Private & Stanford VHIL 1000 Cut Journey & Becoming Homeless (& news story on 1000 Cut Journey)
Complications of embodied narratives
Proposals due

Thursday, November 11th no class, Veterans Day!

Tuesday, November 16th
Multimodal affordances
Play: technology review
Project planning

Compose & create: “Never forget that. Always remember the fun.” -Robert Coover

Thursday, November 18th
Play: learning your medium

Tuesday, November 23rd
“bring it to the table”: Your project/technology 

Thursday, November 25th, no class! Happy Thanksgiving!

Tuesday, November 30th

Thursday, December 2nd

Tuesday, December 7th
E-lit project drafts due!
last week!
Project presentations!

Thursday, December 9th
Project presentations continued!

Final project revisions/analysis due Thursday, December 16th!