Class start today at 11 am (Thursday 2/11)

Hi All:

I have a meeting that runs until 11–so we will start a bit late.  Please use the extra 15 minutes or so to pick out a scene from Super Sad True Love Story that you want to discuss.  I’ll ask for map volunteers too, so please be ready.

See you at 11 (and if I arrive a couple of minutes after that, please know I am on my way :)

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Your a blogger and an English major/minor–now what?

Careers in English! Please welcome William Murphy to class. He will introduce you to all the wonderful things you can do with your English major/minor.  Guess what?  One of the main employers of English majors: online sites!

Finish Super Sad True Love story for Thursday (and other reading on the syllabus)…

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Tools and Reading: Hyper, Close, Distant

Bring your technology to class!

Your blog post for today should be on use of a tool (your own experiment).

We’ll spend some time going over these, so please be prepared to share.

Here is a little more about how to use tools to build projects in English studies:

How Did They Make That?

Digital Pedagogy Lab

Keep reading Super Sad True Love Story–I’ll expect everyone has finished the novel by Thursday :)

 

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Is the Internet making us stupid?

Mark Bauerlein seems to think so!  Watch the video (linked on our syllabus), read the intro to his book, and read the Turkle and Shirky for 2/4 (all linked).

We’ll also talk about Super Sad, so read up to 250!

Lots to discuss and think about.  Come prepared to share!!  JT

Book Review of The Dumbest Generation

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For 2/1

Just a reminder that we will begin talking about Shteyngart’s Super Sad True Love Story.  Come to class with it in hand (paper, ereader).

Please also read the two short articles on digital natives and immigrants and view the videos introducing the novel.

Questions for Gary Shteyngart from New York Times

Blog post also due.  I will ask for volunteers so come prepared and ready to share!

See you tomorrow!

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For Thursday, 1/28

Please be sure to email me your blog address before class.  I’d like to put them up on our site.

We will be discussing the articles for Monday and Thursday, so please be sure to come prepared to discuss what you’ve learned about the Digital Humanities.

To think about before class:

How is literature and our reading of it being changed by computers? What influence does the container for a text have on its content? To what degree does immersion in a text depend upon the physicality of its interface? How are evolving technologies (like e-readers and tablets) helping to enliven (or disengage us from) the materiality of literary texts?  (adapted from Jessie Strommel, “The Digital Humanities is about Breaking Stuff,” Hybrid Pedagogy

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Campus closed tomorrow, Monday

Please continue to read and work on your materials for Thursday (so be prepared with Monday’s readings and Thursdays) and we’ll talk about all we can on Thursday!

If you haven’t emailed me your blog yet, please do.  I’ll post all the blogs on our site tomorrow.

Stay safe and warm!  See you Thursday, JT

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