- Exposure to diverse primary literary texts with emphasis on digital literature (mainly on American production due to its development on the other side of the Atlantic) and secondary sources (theoretical essays by Marie-Laure Ryan, Nick Motfort, Noah Wardrip-Fruin, N.Katherine Hayles, Jessica Pressman, Chris Funkhouser, Henry Jenkins, Johanna Drucker).
- Familiarization with basic terms such as hypertextuality, virtuality, immersion, interactivity, and multimodality.
- Discussion of reading, writing and interpretative strategies of digital literary narratives.
- Familiarization with online tools, platforms and narrative projects.
- Conceptualization of educational activities in relation to digital literary production.
- Microteaching sessions with emphasis on the use of digital literature.
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course aims at bridging digital literary prοduction with educational practice. For this reason, it will start with the exploration of basic terms such as hypertextuality, virtuality, immersion, interactivity, and multimodality as these are encountered in certain theoretical essays within the context of digital humanities so as to proceed with the examination of diverse examples of digital literary texts through various activities. The primary material to be examined falls under the following categories: interactive fiction, digital poetry, hypertexts, augmented reality narratives, locative narrative educational applications etc. During the last three weeks of the course, students will be invited to use digital literary texts in their own microteaching sessions by designing their own educational activities. In the duration of our course, we'll also attend 2-3 specially designed seminars/workshops to be delivered by guest researchers on certain digital tools and literary practices.
digital humanities. hypertextuality, virtuality, immersion, interactivity, multimodality, digital literature
Additional bibliography for study
Aarseth, Espen J. Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Jenkins. Henry et. al. Confronting the Challenges of Participatory Culture. Chicago: The MacArthur Foundation, 2007.
Hayles, N. Katherine, and Jessica Pressman. Comparative Textual Media: Transforming the Humanities in the Postprint Era. Minneapolis and London: University of Minneapolis Press, 2013.
Hayles, N. Katherine. Electronic Literature: New Horizons for the Literary. Notre Dame, Indiana: University of Notre Dame, 2008.
Funkhouser, Chris (2012). New Directions in Digital Poetry. London: Bloomsbury, 2012.
---. Prehistoric Digital Poetry: An Archaeology of Forms, 1959-1995. Tuscaloosa, AL: University of Alabama Press, 2007.
Landow, George P. Hypertext 3.0. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2006.
---. Hypertext 2.0. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997.
Montfort, Nick. Twisty Little Passages. Cambridge, MA: The MIT Press, 2005.
Portela, Manuel. Scripting Reading Motions: The Codex and the Computer as Self-Reflexive Machines. Cambridge, MA: MIT Press, 2013.
Ryan, Marie-Laure. Storyworlds across Media. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2014.
---. Narrative across Media. Lincoln and London: University of Nebraska Press, 2004.
---. Narrative as Virtual Reality. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 2003.
Salen, Katie. Presentations, Forum discussions, blogging and podcasting, reports and essays. Cambridge, MA: The MIT, 2007.