Class Plan

1. Presentation and discussion of Morris
Dawn Sparks
Adelaide Morris-Chapter 1 NMP
Sparks, Debra D.

2. Discussion of Memmot and Stefans
These two works received early critical attention. What aspects of Lexis to Perplexia lend themselves to critical analysis? Why do you think this work began to convince some scholars of the feasibility and serious of digital literature? Stefans' work draws from the traditions of visual and concrete poetry. How does this lineage become a part of digital literature? Does this kind of animation reflect "born-digital" aesthetics or do you see its relation to print experimentalism as more prominent?

3. A new work
Eden Hade
"Fitting the Pattern" Christine Wilks
Wilks MSA
4. The Memex
If for many years, our images of the mind found correlates in the book or the library, Vannevar Bush's conceptualization of the memex anticipates the web and "personal" computers, as well as suggesting some of the political/ideological and perhaps psychological considerations at the intersection between human, languages, and technology. What parts of the memex seem plausible? In what ways has the memex been realized? What are the links with literature?

Kinetic, Screen

Memmot, Talan. Lexia to Perplexia.

Stefans, Brian. The Dreamlife of Letters.

Morris, Adalaide. “New Media Poetics: As we may think” <NMP>

Bush, Vannevar. “As We May Think [Memex]” <web