Rita Raley

Office and Office Hours
South Hall 2703, 
Tuesday 3:30-5:30

Location & Time
2123 Girvetz
TR 2-3:15

Required Texts
Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature

Ana Castillo, The Mixquiahuala Letters

Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext 1(2): J. Yellowlees Douglas and Mary Kim Arnold 

25% Participation
15% Close Reading of a Hypertext (1-page, single-spaced textual analysis) 
25% Midterm Paper (4-5 pages) 
35% Final Project



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ENGL 165LT : 
Hypertext Fiction and Poetry

This course will consider the differences a medium makes to a text: what difference does the machine and machinic processing make? What new formal and generic properties can we see within digital texts? On what basis - computational, formal, institutional, aesthetic, practical, or otherwise - may we group together digital texts into a literary field? After some consideration of precursors to hypertext and the first generation of hypertext authors and critics, we will continue to map out a brief history of the field of digital textuality, and we will end by studying some of the most technically and intellectually compelling works on the current web. Texts and themes that we will study throughout include print hypertexts and artistsís books, combinatorial writing, interactive fiction and text adventure games, linking, visual poetry, narrative, animation, and code. Readings, online, print, and electronic, include J. Yellowlees Douglas, Mary Kim Arnold, Espen Aarseth, Ana Castillo, Jorge Luis Borges, Raymond Queneau, MD Coverley, John Cayley, Jim Rosenberg, Olia Lialina, Jeff Parker, Dan Waber, Talan Memmott, and others. 

- Satisfies GE Requirement G and a Writing requirement 
- May be used for the Culture of Information specialization