Syllabus

January 4:  Introduction
January 6:  Class canceled (instructor attending annual MLA conference)

January 11:  Always On
David Ulin, “The Lost Art of Reading” (LA Times; August 2009); How Much Information? 2009 Report on American Consumers; NEA, Reading at Risk: A Survey of Literary Reading in America (2004) and To Read or Not To Read: A Question of National Consequence (2007); Linda Stone, Continuous Partial Attention

January 13:  Imagination, perception, attention
Emma Donoghue, Room

January 18:  Generation distraction
Matt Richtel, “Growing up Digital, Wired for Distraction” (NY Times; November 2010); Response by Cathy Davidson (HASTAC)
–!> Post your own response on our blog
–!> Take the two multitasking tests on the NY Times site (Test How Fast You Juggle Tasks and Test Your Focus)

January 20:  The dumbest generation?
Nicholas Carr, “Is Google Making Us Stupid?” (July/August 2008); Nicholas Carr, The Shallows: What the Internet Is Doing to Our Brains (excerpts)
–!> Video: short interview about the book with PBS | Response by Clay Shirky, “Why Abundance is Good

January 25-27:  Reading in the early 20C
Henry James, In the Cage

February 1-3:  Reading today
Steve Tomasula, TOC

February 8-10:  The rise of the Reader
Italo Calvino, If on a winter’s night a traveler

February 15-17:  Close reading
Mark Z. Danielewski, House of Leaves

February 22:  New modes of attention
N. Katherine Hayles, “Hyper and Deep Attention” (Profession; 2007); Changing Education Paradigms (video); Clay Shirky, Cognitive Surplus: Creativity and Generosity in a Connected Age (video)

February 24:  The futures of the book
Electronic Reading Devices are Changing the Concept of a Book” (LA Times; July 2010); Jeffrey R. Di Leo, “The Cult of the Book – and Why it Must End” (Chronicle of Higher Education; September 2010); Craig Mod, “Books in the Age of the iPad
–!> Videos:  “Take Me to a Future Where Books Act Like This” (Gizmodo; September 2010); Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree of Codes; Penguin iPad books

March 1:  Distant Reading
Geoffrey Rockwell,”What is Text Analysis?” (also see “Electronic Texts and Text Analysis“); Culturomics and the new Google Books interface; Assisted Reading vs. Data Mining
–!> Begin experimenting with text analysis tools such as Many Eyes, TAPoR, and PieSpy
–!> TAPoR Portal Recipes (e.g. identify themes within a text)

March 3:  Networked reading
Talan Memmott, Lexia to Perplexia (requires IE); Mez, _cross.ova.ing ][4rm.blog.2.log][_

March 8:  New reading interfaces
Noah Wardrip-Fruin et al, Screen; Sandy Baldwin, New Word Order: Basra; Young-Hae Chang, “Rain on the Sea” [txt file]; Aya Karpinska, Shadows Never Sleep (iPhone app); Erik Loyer, Strange Rain (iPhone/iPad app)

March 10:  Reading without words
Shaun Tan, The Arrival; Donna Leishman, RedRidinghood

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