Reading & Lecture Schedule (with Links to Readings)

Week 1: Introduction: Context and terrain for the Course
T (1/8): lecture
Th (1/10): Nicolas Carr, “Is Google Making us Stupid?” (The Atlantic, 2008)
Motoko Rich, “Literacy Debate: R U Really Reading?” (NYT, 2008)

**Part I: explicit arguments (analyzing rhetoric)

Week 2: The Death of the BookContext and Terrain for the Course
T (1/15):Sven Birkets, The Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic Age ([1994] pps. 3-7, 70-77 ) [<–You can access these selections at Google Books]  OR, the individual pages are below

birkets, p3 birkets p. 4  birkets p. 7

birkets p. 6

birkets p. 5

 

 

Th (1/17):N. Katherine Hayles, “Hyper and Deep Attention: The Generational Divide in Cognitive Modes” (2007)
Suggested Reading: Cathy Davidson, Now You See It: How Technology and Brain Science Will Transform Schools and Business for the 21st Century ([2011] 61-81) or  HERE

 Week 3: The Medium is the Message
T (1/22):Marshall McLuhan and Quentin Fiore, The Medium is the Massage (1-70)
Th (1/24):McLuhan and Fiore, The Medium is the Massage (71-160, end)

Week 4: What’s the fuss about? What exactly is a book?
T (1/29):Nicole Howard, The Biography of the Book (Ch. 1 and 2, pgs.1-55)
Th (1/31): Bonnie Mak, How the Page Matters (Chapter 1: “Architectures of the Page,” pgs. 9-21)
**Draft of Essay 1 due (at the start of lecture ON the podium)

**Part II. Implicit Arguments about Books (analyzing at art and design)

 Week 5: Remediation from Page to Screen: Media history as Cultural History
T (2/5): Remediation as Media History
Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, Remediation: Understanding New Media  (selections)
Th (2/7): Ebooks, An Example of Remediation
Craig Mod, “Books in the Age of the iPad” (blog, 2010)
Johanna Drucker, “The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-Space” (lecture, 2003)
**TAs return drafts

Week 6: Libraries, Bookshelves, Bookshops, and Archives
T (2/12):Henry Petroski, The Book on the Bookshelf (Chapter 4)
Witold Rybczynski, “Borrowed Time: How Do you Build a Public Library in the Age of Google?” (Slate, 2008)
**Special Collections visit in Section. Meet your section in Geisel Library’s Special Collections room.

Th (2/14):Howard, The Biography of the Book, Ch. 3
“The Joy of Books: A Stop-Motion Animation”(Youtube)
**Essay 1 revision due (at the start of lecture ON the podium)
**Special Collections visit in Section. Meet your section in Geisel Library’s Special Collections room.

Week 7: The Book in the Digital Network
T (2/19): Steven Johnson, Interface Culture (“Bitmapping: An Introduction”: 11-41, 76-85)

Th (2/21): Howard, The Biography of the Book (Ch. 4)
Guest lectures by TAs: a motley mashup of related research

Week 8: Artistic Responses: Bookishness

T (2/26): Jonathan Safran Foer, Tree of Codes (on reserve in library)
*Essay 1 returned

Th (2/28): Amaranth Borsuk and Brad Bouse, Between Screen and Page (on reserve in library) [*you need a computer with a webcamera and an internet connection]
**Essay 2 thesis, intro paragraph, and outline/plan due on podium at end of lecture


**Friday, March 1 @ 3:30 pm: Electronic Literature Reading

Performance Space in SME Building
(**extra credit for attending and writing a blog post about the event)
Amaranth Borsuk . Erik Loyer
Samantha Gorman &
Danny Cannizzaro

Week 9: Artistic Responses: A Literary Parable
T (3/5): Carlos Maria Dominguez, The House of Paper (1-74)

Th (3/7): The House of Paper (75-103)
Howard, The Biography of the Book (Ch. 5)
**Essay 2 draft due at end of lecture

Week 10: Conclusions
T (3/12): Student selections
Howard, The Biography of the Book (Ch. 6)

Th (3/14): concluding lecture
**TAs return drafts

 Week 11: Finals week
**Essay 2 revision due on Thursday 3/21 at 11:30.