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seminars > fall 2014 schedule > seminar: Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature: Reading Literature in the Digital Age

 

Honors Seminars Fall 2014

Inquiry, Discovery, and Literature: Reading Literature in the Digital Age

Course:
HON 202 Sec:007  
Credit:
3 hours  
GEP Category:
Humanities (Literature)  
Time:
10:15-11:30  
Days:
TuTh  
Location:
Tompkins 0G126  
Instructor:
Dr. Paul Fyfe
 
Description:

Restricted to first semester UHP freshmen.

What happens when books become screens? When narrative turns into an interactive multimedia experience on a tablet? When reading becomes augmented by statistical analysis and data visualization? This class invites students to ask these and more questions about how our texts, reading, and interpretive practices are changing in a digital age. We will examine electronic texts as well as experimental books and apps; read literature while exploring how computers can analyze and visualize language; and collaboratively document our experiences across a variety of social media platforms. Our works include classic as well as more contemporary texts (from Frankenstein, David Copperfield, and Alice in Wonderland to steampunk fiction and post-print poetry). This course requires no special technological skills beyond a basic familiarity with file management and the web. It welcomes students of any disciplinary persuasion, especially those curious to experiment in the classroom.