Readings are due on the dates indicated. BB indicates a reading can be found on our Blackboard site on the Course Readings page.

Download a PDF of the syllabus here.

Feeling Mediated

Thursday, January 8: NO CLASS – Instructor out of town

  • Make sure you read through the email I sent on Jan 4 titled “ENGL 3490: Welcome and Course Information”

Tuesday, January 13

  • Please bring laptops to class today.
  • On the Media from 11/07/2014, “Midterm Myths, Emotional Algorithms, and More” (listen from 19:32-33:15)
  • Jonathan Harris, “We Feel Fine” (Best viewed in Firefox, Safari, or Internet Explorer. Make sure pop-up blockers are turned off. You may be prompted to download a plugin or to confirm that you trust the site. Choose accept.)
  • Lisa Nakamura, “Media” from Keywords for American Cultural Studies (2014)
  • Ann Cvetkovich, “Affect” from Keywords for American Cultural Studies (2014) (BB)
  • Sarah Ahmed, “Introduction” from The Cultural Politics of Emotions (2004), pp. 8-12 (BB)

Print Media
Thursday, January 15

  • Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar (2015), up to p. 199

Tuesday, January 20

  • Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar (2015), pp. 200-395
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Bookscapes” (2008) (BB)

Thursday, January 22

  • Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar (2015), pp. 396-608

Tuesday, January 27

  • Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar (2015), pp. 609-end
  • Johanna Drucker, “Experimental Typography as a Modern Art Practice” from The Visible Word (1994), pp. 91-104 (BB)

Digital Media
Thursday, January 29

  • Investigation 1 Part One due by class (email me the URLs to your author page and to any posts you’ve made comments on)
  • Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar (2015), wrap-up
  • Tara McPherson, “Digital,” from Keywords for American Cultural Studies (2014)
  • N. Katherine Hayles, “Print is Flat, Code Is Deep: The Importance of Media-Specific Analysis,” Poetics Today 25.1 (2004): 67-90 (BB)

Tuesday, February 3

Wednesday, February 4

Thursday, February 5

  • William Gibson,Dennis Ashbaugh, and Kevin Begos, Jr., Agrippa, con’t
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum, “Preface” from Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (2008), pp. ix-xiv (pages 1-4 of pdf, stop at section break) (BB)
  • Matthew Kirschenbaum, Ch. 5 “Text Messaging: The Transformissions of ‘Agrippa'” from Mechanisms: New Media and the Forensic Imagination (2008) (BB)
    • Recommended: Alan Liu, Ch. 11 “Destructive Creativity: The Arts in the Information Age,” from The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004), pp. 336-348 (BB)
  • Read about cracking the Agrippa code; See the Agrippa code in action

Tuesday, February 10

  • Investigation 1 Part Two due by class
  • Please bring computers to class today. We will be conducting our own experiment in “wasting time on the internet” during class. 
  • Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, “Dakota,” “Traveling to Utopia: With a Brief History of the Technology”
  • Sianne Ngai, “Stuplimity: Shock and Boredom in Twentieth-Century Aesthetics” Postmodern Culture 10.2 (2000), only read the section titled “From Stupefaction to Stuplime Poetics” (paragraphs 10-24)
    • This is a difficult and dense read. Concern yourself less with the specifics of Ngai’s argument — the evidence she provides from Gertrude Stein’s The Making of Americans, for example — and more with her conception of “stuplimity.” What does this term describe?
    • [click here to get full article if you’re interested]
  • N. Katherine Hayles, Ch. 3 “How We Read: Close, Hyper, Machine” from How We Think: Digital Media and Contemporary Technogenesis, pp. 55-68 (2012) (BB)
  • N. Katherine Hayles, “Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes,” Profession (2007): 187-199 (BB)

Wednesday, February 11

Feeling Corporate

Thursday, February 12

Case Study: The Corporate University
Tuesday, February 17

Wednesday, February 18

  • Prompt 3 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, February 19

  • Christopher Newfield, “Introduction,” from Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (2008), pp. 1-11, 13-15 (BB)
  • Christopher Newfield, Ch. 11 “The Problem with Privatization,” from Unmaking the Public University: The Forty-Year Assault on the Middle Class (2008) (BB), only read pp. 183-194
  • “Tuition and fees, 1998-99 Through 2014-15,” The Chronicle of Higher Education, November 13, 2014

Tuesday, February 24

Wednesday, February 25

  • Prompt 4 Blog due by 10 pm

Cultural Innovation
Thursday, February 26

  • William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003), Ch. 1 – 9
  • TodaysMeet chatroom for classroom backchannel: must sign up for an account using your Clemson address

Tuesday, March 3

  • William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003), Ch. 10 – 19
    • Recommended: Alan Liu, Ch. 7 “The Feeling of Information,” from The Laws of Cool: Knowledge Work and the Culture of Information (2004) (BB)
  • TodaysMeet chatroom for classroom backchannel: must sign up for an account using your Clemson address

Wednesday, March 4

  • Prompt 5 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, March 5

Tuesday, March 10

  • William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003), Ch. 20 – 32
  • N. Katherine Hayles, “Traumas of Code,” Critical Inquiry 33.1 (Autumn 2006): 136-157; read pp. 136-147, 155-157 (BB)

Wednesday, March 11

  • Prompt 6 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, March 12

  • William Gibson, Pattern Recognition (2003), Ch. 33 – 43

Because of the Danielewski talk last week, I cut some reading. Only the chapters from Pattern Recognition are assigned for today. But here is what was originally assigned for today (in case you want to further your education on your own):

  • Jennifer Egan, “Great Rock and Roll Pauses,” from A Visit from the Goon Squad (2010)
  • Anne Balsamo, “Introduction: Taking Culture Seriously in the Age of Innovation,” from Designing Culture: The Technological Imagination at Work (2012), pp. 1-16, 25 (BB)

Friday, March 13

  • Investigation 2 due by 10:00 pm

Tuesday, March 17 – NO CLASS: Spring break

Thursday, March 19 – NO CLASS: Spring break

Feeling Big and Bad

Tuesday, March 24

  • Ellen Ullman, The Bug (2003), Part One
  • Nathan Ensmenger, “Making Programming Masculine” from Gender Codes (2010) (BB)

Wednesday, March 25

  • Prompt 7 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, March 26 – NO CLASS: Instructor out of town

Tuesday, March 31

  • Ellen Ullman, The Bug (2003), Parts Two and Three

Wednesday, April 1

  • Prompt 8 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, April 2

Big Data
Tuesday, April 7

Wednesday, April 8

  • Prompt 9 Blog due by 10 pm

Thursday, April 9

Tuesday, April 14

Wednesday, April 15

  • Prompt 10 Blog due by 10 pm (Everyone must respond to this prompt)

Thursday, April 16

Tuesday, April 21

  • Final Projects workshop

Thursday, April 23

  • Final Projects workshop

Finals Week
Friday, May 1

  • Final Project due by 2:00 pm