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ENGL 236 - Winter 2006,  Rita Raley

Technology & Computing

W. Richard Stevens, TCP/IP Illustrated (Addison-Wesley, 1994)

Charles Petzold, Code: The Hidden Language of Hardware and Software (Microsoft Press, 1999)

Critical materials

John Cayley, The Code is not the Text (unless it is the Text) (ebr, 2002)

John Cayley, "Inner Workings: code and representations of interiority in new media poetics" (dichtung digital, 2003)

Daniel Kohanski, The Philosophical Programmer (1998)

Ellen Ullman, Close to the Machine: Technophilia and Its Discontents (City Lights, 1997)

David Crystal, Language and the Internet (Cambridge UP, 2001)

Maurice J. Black, The Art of Code (Ph.D. dissertation, 2002) + reading notes (Nick Montfort)

GTA notes on Mateas and Montfort's "A Box, Darkly: Obfuscation, Weird Languages, and Code Aesthetics" (DAC)

Lawrence Lessig, The Future of Ideas: The Fate of the Commons in an Connected World (Vintage, 2001)

Charles Petzold, Code: The Hidden Language of Computer Hardware and Software (Microsoft Press, 1999)

Rishab Aiyer Ghosh, ed., Code: Collaborative Ownership and the Digital Economy (MIT Press, 2005)

Neal Stephenson, In the Beginning...was the Command Line (Avon, 1999)

John Cayley, "Literal Art" (First Person [rpt. ebr], 2004)

Jim Wicked, "Programming is Not Art" (+ comments, responses) (April 2001)

Lawrence Lessig, Code and Other Laws of Cyberspace (Basic, 2000) | Code.v.2 wiki | Lessig Blog | Steven Levy profile of Lessig (Wired, October 2002)

David M. Berry & Lee Evans, "The Will to Code: Nietzsche and the Democratic Impulse" (October 2005)

David M. Berry & Jo Pawlik, "What is code? A conversation with Deleuze, Guattari and code" (November 2005)

Eugene Thacker, Biomedia (Minnesota, 2004)

McKenzie Wark, A Hacker Manifesto (Harvard, 2004)


Perl Poetry (wiki)

Perl Poetry (Programming Perl)

"" (transcribes Blake's "London" into Perl)

Florian Cramer, "and" (Perl poem)

Code texts

Ted Warnell, Poem by Nari db.11x8.5 (new work)

Interactive fiction: BAD_MACHINE (Dan Shiovitz)

Eugene Thacker, ed., Hard_Code (literary anthology)

Mez and Talan Memmott, Sky Scratchez (BeeHive 02:05)

Giselle Beiguelman, Code_UP (2004)

Christa Sommerer and Lauren Mignonneau, Verbarium

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