Graduate seminar at UC Santa Barbara (Spring 2012)
raley at english dot ucsb dot edu
This course brings together media archaeology, the material history of the book, and media-specific analysis in an investigation of “bookwork” after new media. To what extent have computational media had a transformative effect on print practices? How do we read (and write) now? While no single class can comprehensively address these questions, we will nonetheless work toward developing a critical framework for understanding our contemporary textual environments. Our hybrid critical approach will include a range of genres and platforms (e.g. codex, mobile media, transmedia narrative, haptic interfaces, artists’ books), as well as varied practices of literary production and experimentation. Throughout we will consider books as sculptural objects and in terms of their discursive codes.