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