Literature in Evolution

Schools of Public Engagement: MFA Writing Program

Liberal Arts

Graduate Course

Majors Only

Literature in Evolution

Fall 2020

Taught By: John Reed

Section: A

CRN: 8934

Credits: 4

Book = P, E, or X. The paper book. The electronic book. And the next book, defined as x, undetermined. In this course, we'll quickly bring ourselves to speed on a history of the book as a "text delivery mechanism," creation, publication and distribution. We'll consider moments and integrations that variously redefined the text landscape—from cave art to scrolls to illuminated manuscripts to pamphlets to large press to graffiti and the "underground" and small press. As of the third or fourth class, we'll come to our own period, and the Renaissance in the longform essay, ebooks, audio books, graphic novels and text/image. From there, we'll go on to look at the burgeoning forms of electronic literature, including the blog, social media, the text/video documentary, media hybrids, and games. Our guests, working at the forefront of narrative arts, will bring working-today experience to our academic investigations. Creative making is a major component of this course, and students, through in class exercises and assignments, will investigate the subject matter by advancing and applying ideas for their own. A semester-end capstone project will encourage fresh iterations and creative risk-taking. Readings will include writings from Rene Ricard, Hilton Als, Edwidge Danticat, James Baldwin, George Pitts, Carlo McCormick, Arthur Danto, Marjane Satrapi, Emily Flake, Mira Jacob, Amiri Baraka, Kathy Acker, Andrew Salkey, Siri Hustvedt, Gerder Lerner, Sara Ruddick and others.

Permission required for this course. Please contact your advisor. This course is available for students completeing the graduate minor in Transmedia & Digital Storytelling.

College: Schools of Public Engagement (NS)

Department: MFA Writing Program (NWRG)

Campus: Online (DL)

Course Format: Seminar (R)

Max Enrollment: 18

Add/Drop Deadline: September 14, 2020 (Monday)

Online Withdrawal Deadline: November 22, 2020 (Sunday)

Seats Available: Yes

Status: Closed*

* Status information is updated every five minutes. The status of this course may have changed since the last update. Open seats may have restrictions that will prevent some students from registering. Updated: 8:45am 2/27/2021 EST

Meeting Info::

Days: Wednesday

Times: 8:00pm - 10:30pm

Building: Online Course

Date Range: 9/2/2020 - 12/16/2020