English 584/DMS 584 - Spring, 2000
Weds. 1230 - 1510, 115 BALDY
Registration # 112276
Professor Loss Pequeño Glazier
Office hours: Weds. 11-Noon/by appt. in 245 CFA
Texts: Ryan, Marie-Laure, Cyberspace Textuality: Computer Technology
and Literary Theory (TL), online readings as assigned
1. Paper/project. Research paper of 20-25 pages or digital project of
equivalent scope and research. Paper/project to be developed in
collaborative environment i.e., presented to group at intervals. (See
2. Oral presentation. 1 presentation (10-15 minutes) of a significant Web
site or digital project. (Choice of site/project in consultation with
instructor.) These might include sites such as Cyber Poetry Gallery,
DOC(K)S ON LINE, Machine Made of Words, UbuWeb Visual & Concrete
Poetry (historical, contemporary, sound, papers), VISPO LANGU(IM)AGE,
Wr-eye-tings Scratchpad, or CD-ROMs such as The Little Magazine,
etc. This presentation should present a tour of the site, a
demonstration of the most interesting content of the site/project, a
presentation of theoretical issues that the site illuminates, and a
discussion of what influence design and presentation of the site
present for the user. Please stay within the allotted time of 15 minutes.
3. Position postings. 1 posting related to readings. Posting should be
made by the Sunday preceding the class for which reading is
assigned. Posting is meant to be brief 1-3 paragraphs. It should
summarize issues of interest to you and pose one or more questions
that the reading raises. Use the subject line "Posting P1" (or
4. Related Wednesdays at 4 Plus readings. Attendance at related
readings is encouraged.
5. Special April conference. On April 5th, there will be a
complementary morning session to the seminar (focusing on the Moo) for
those who can attend.
THE ESSENTIAL QUESTIONS:
This course will seek to do two things. First, raise the issue of
electronic poetry. What is it? What does it do? How do you define it?
What are its parameters? This is a field that has only recently been
entered and one for which these questions are valid and
intriguing. Second, how is "making" related to e-poetry? There will be
a strong emphasis on student papers/projects: to focus on these early
and to report on them at regular intervals through the semester. The
goal is to help students realize a paper/project of particular
interest and to provide a focus on such a paper/project with the class
offering collaborative input, encouragement, critique, etc., to foster
the realization of the student's paper/project.
Each class will consist of: (1) discussion of readings and (2) site
demo by a student/discussion segments.