January 6: Introduction to the course

Stylistic analysis
January 8: Erich Auerbach, “Odysseus’ Scar

The book in the 21C
January 13: Mark Z. Danielewski, The Familiar, Volume 1 (up to p. 199)
January 15: The Familiar (pp. 200-395)
January 20: The Familiar (pp. 396-608)
January 22: The Familiar (pp. 609-end) + Giorgio Agamben, “What Is an Apparatus?” (13-24)

Book cultures
January 27: Elizabeth L. Eisenstein, The Printing Revolution in Early Modern Europe (pp. 42-91) and Adrian Johns, The Nature of the Book: Print and Knowledge in the Making (pp. 1-40)

January 29: Roger Chartier, “Representations of the Written Word,” in Forms and Meanings: Texts, Performances, and Audiences from Codex to Computer (pp. 13-24)

new schedule this week; see email for details

February 3: Bonnie Mak, How the Page Matters (introduction and chapter 1) and Alberto Manguel, “A Brief History of the Page

February 5: Johanna Drucker, “The Virtual Codex from Page Space to E-space,” A Companion to Digital Literary Studies

Hermeneutic method
February 10: Sigmund Freud, “The Uncanny

February 12: Clifford Geertz, “Deep Play: Notes on a Balinese Cock Fight

February 17: Susan Sontag, “The Imagination of Disaster,” Against Interpretation and Other Essays

February 19: Class canceled (individual meetings with instructor this week and next)

February 24: Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, and Trees (Chapter 1) and Hans Ulrich Gumbrecht, The Production of Presence (pp. xiii-xv, 1-20)

February 26: Class canceled (individual meetings)

Graphic design
March 3: Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage and Ellen Lupton, Thinking With Type
March 5: Discussion with Mark Z. Danielewski

Networked books
March 10: Chris Ware, Building Stories

March 12: Gary Hall, Culture Machine Liquid Books | “Fluid Notes on Liquid Books

Scan: Daniel and Loyer, Public Secrets | Goldberg, Hristova, and Loyer, Blue Velvet | McKenzie Wark, GAM3R 7H30RY | Networked: a (networked_book) about (networked_art) |
–> Choose an example of experimental publishing and come prepared to discuss it with the class.


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