English | INTRODUCTION TO WRITING AND THE STUDY OF LITERATURE
L141 | 1971 | Sword


Title:"From Manuscripts to Microchips"
Lecture Section: 1971 9:05-9:55 T

In this version of the course, we will use the resources of the Lilly
Library, the Main Library, and the World Wide Web to study how material form
influences literary meaning, how context shapes content, and how words and
images interact in a variety of textual formats, from manuscripts,
facsimiles, and illustrated books to literary magazines, commercial
anthologies, college textbooks, novels, screenplays, films, and hypertexts.
Readings will include texts that experiment with typography (concrete
poetry), combine textual and visual components (William Blake's _Songs of
Innocence and Experience_), test the limits of established literary genres
(Art Spiegelman's _MAUS_), undermine textual authority through their use of
footnotes and other editorial apparatus (Maria Edgeworth's _Castle
Rackrent_), exploit hypertext technology (Matthew Miller's TRIP), and/or
pose particular editing problems for scholars (Emily Dickinson's fascicles).

This 4-credit course will consist of one weekly 50-minute lecture and two
75-minute discussion sections.  Requirements include daily attendance,
active participation in class discussions, and completion of a different
writing assignment every week.  In keeping with our emphasis on the
relationship between material form and literary content, these assignments
will take an eclectic variety of textual formats, from conventional
interpretive essays to a short screenplay, a visual autobiography, an oral
performance of a poem, and an edited anthology.  For a preview of the
syllabus, visit the course website at http://www.indiana.edu/~l141(that's a
lower-case "L" followed by the numbers "141"; follow the links to "Fall 1999").