Digital Narratives

Course Information
TitleΨηφιακές Αφηγήσεις / Digital Narratives
CodeΛογ 550
SchoolEnglish Language and Literature
Cycle / Level2nd / Postgraduate
Teaching PeriodWinter/Spring
Course ID600015368

Programme of Study: PMS Anglikés kai Amerikanikés Spoudés

Registered students: 0
OrientationAttendance TypeSemesterYearECTS
KORMOSElective CoursesWinter/Spring-15

Class Information
Academic Year2018 – 2019
Class PeriodWinter
Class ID
Course Type 2011-2015
Knowledge Deepening / Consolidation
Mode of Delivery
  • Face to face
Language of Instruction
  • English (Instruction, Examination)
Learning Outcomes
Students will: Discuss and respond to hypertexts, interactive fiction, digital poetry, digitally enhanced print fiction and other Comment on writing practices, reading strategies and textualities. Pay attention to the material characteristics of digital narratives. Be involved in collaborative writing projects (twinery, twitter and other). Participate in online discussions (blogging). Understand the role of the medium in narrative formation and structure. Develop critical and creative thinking in digital literary research and media narratives.
General Competences
  • Apply knowledge in practice
  • Retrieve, analyse and synthesise data and information, with the use of necessary technologies
  • Adapt to new situations
  • Make decisions
  • Work autonomously
  • Work in teams
  • Work in an international context
  • Work in an interdisciplinary team
  • Generate new research ideas
  • Be critical and self-critical
  • Advance free, creative and causative thinking
Course Content (Syllabus)
This course focuses on the impact of digitality on textuality and narrative literary practice through the examination of a variety of texts, such as hypertexts, interactive fiction, digital poetry, digitally enhanced print fiction and other. Emphasis will be placed on how the intervention of computers have challenged our reading and writing practices by triggering a number of interactive narrative possibilities and the extent to which such practices have nowadays led to a re-appreciation of book bound narratives. The notions of non-linearity, hypertext and multimodality, spatiality and displacement, virtuality and simulation, digitality and materiality are going to be central to our discussions. The study of all primary texts will be accompanied by the exploration of the works of major theoreticians in the field such as Marshall McLuhan, Espen Aarseth, N. Katherine Hayles, Nick Montfort, Jessica Pressman, Marie-Laure Ryan, Chris Funkhouser and others. Students will also be encouraged to participate in online discussions as well as in the creation of their own online stories through the use of various tools.
literary narrative, textuality, non linearity, hypertextuality, multimodality, virtuality, digital writing
Use of Information and Communication Technologies
Use of ICT
  • Use of ICT in Course Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Laboratory Teaching
  • Use of ICT in Communication with Students
  • Use of ICT in Student Assessment
Online material made available via the American Studies Resource Portal platform and videos/interviews via youtube and elearning. For the communication with the students, the instructor will resort to email, elearning, School of English website. In addition to academic essay writing and presentations, students will be assessed via their forum/blogging participation made available via elearning
Course Organization
Reading Assigment782.8
Written assigments1585.7
Additional bibliography for study
Aarseth, Espen J. Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature. Baltimore and London: The Johns Hopkins University Press, 1997 Barthes, Roland. Image Music Text. London: Fontana Press, 1977. ---. S/Z New York: Farrar, Straus and Giroux, 1974. Baudrillard, Jean. Simulacra and Simulation. 1981. Ann Arbor: University of Michigan Press, 1994. Berry, David, ed. Understanding Digital Humanities. Basingstoke: Palgrave Macmillan, 2012. 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. 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. 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. McLuhan Marshall. Understanding Media. 1964. London: Routledge, 2005. 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.
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