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Hypertext Fiction & Digital Poetries
ENGL 165LT - Fall 2002,  Rita Raley

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 (or, new media writing), and we will end by studying some of the most technically and intellectually compelling works on the web. Texts and themes that we will study throughout include print hypertexts and artistsís books, combinatorial writing, interactive fiction and text adventure games, linking, narrative, visual poetry, digital poetics, and codework.

GE Area G and Writing Requirement


Rita Raley

Office and Office Hours
SH 2703
On leave 2012-2013


South Hall 1415
TR, 2:00 PM3:15 PM

Required Texts

The Eastgate Quarterly Review of Hypertext 1:2 (Mac or Windows version)
Espen Aarseth, Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature
Ana Castillo, The Mixquiahuala Letters

20% Participation
15% Close Reading of an Electronic Text (1 page, single spaced, narrow margins )
25% Midterm Paper
40% Final Project (Web project)
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