Widespread electronic networking has renewed some leading questions about the status and function of text:
This seminar will investigate many of these and related questions as reframed by the phenomenon of electronic text.
Readings will be drawn from books-in-common (parts of which
read by everyone enrolled in the course), supplementary books
which may be read by some), and various electronic-text archives.
Plato. Phaedrus. Excerpt.
Plato. Cratylus. Excerpt.
Frances Yates. The Art of Memory. Chicago: U of Chicago
the Economy of Machinery and Manufactures. London: Charles
1832. Ch. 9, "Of Copying," 51-92.
Walter Benjamin. "The Work of Art in the Age of
1936. Illuminations. Ed. Hannah Arendt. Trans. Harry Zohn.
Harcourt, 1968. 217-51.
Jean Baudrillard. Simulations. Trans. Paul Foss, Paul
and Philip Beitchman. New York: Semiotex[e], 1983.
Walter J. Ong. Orality and Literacy: The Technologizing of
Bolter. Writing Space: The Computer, Hypertext, and the
of Writing. Hillsdale, NJ: Erlbaum, 1991.
P. Landow. Hypertext:
The Convergence of Contemporary Critical Theory and
Johns Hopkins UP, 1991.
Richard A. Lanham. The
Electronic Word: Democracy, Technology, and the Arts.
U of Chicago P, 1993.
Ian Lancashire and John Bradley. Using TACT with Electronic
A Guide to Text-Analysis
ComputingTools, Version 2.1 for MS-DOS and PC DOS. New
Michael Auping. Jenny Holzer. New York: Universe, 1992.
Lewis Blackwell and David
End of Print: The Graphic Design of David Carson. San
Chronicle Books, 1995.
Gutenberg Elegies: The Fate of Reading in an Electronic
Geoffrey Nunberg, ed. The Future of the Book. Berkeley: U of California P, 1996. Back to the future.
Also various documents, mostly electronic, that advcate
encoding electronic text, including SGML
(Standard Generalized Markup Language), HTML
(HyperText Markup Language--the code that supports the World Wide
and the procedures recommended by the Text
Encoding Initiative (TEI).
Don't worry: this course does not presuppose experience with electronic networking or hypertext. However, students will be encouraged to explore the available electronic resources, using networked facilities in computer labs in Lind Hall. These resources include files published at various sites on the World Wide Web--as of June 1996, amounting to more than 30 million documents. For example:
Among other uses of electronic text, members of the seminar will use electronic mail to communicate with each other, discussing the readings and related topics. More formally developed written work for the seminar may be posted on the World Wide Web, for public access. Materials for previous versions of this seminar are available on the Web:
If you have questions (or suggestions) please send me a note
me a phone message.
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Michael Hancher Department of English, University of Minnesota URL: http://umn.edu/home/mh/prosef96.html Comments to: firstname.lastname@example.org Created 7 June 1996 Revised 17 September 1996