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S10-ENG465 Reading Schedule

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Reading Schedule


Jan. 7 Th     Introductions, Syllabus



Unit 1: Understanding Media


Jan. 12 T    McLuhan, excerpts from Gutenberg Galaxy in Essential McLuhan (packet), Read the 11 sections that start with the following subheadings:

  1. The interiorization of the technology... (I'm going to use short versions of the subtitles)
  2. Schizophrenia may be a necessary consequence of literacy
  3. Does the interiorization of media...
  4. Civilization gives the barbarian or tribal man...
  5. The new electronic interdependence...
  6. Literacy affects the physiology as well...
  7. Why non-literate societies cannot...
  8. A theory of cultural change is impossible...
  9. The twentieth century encounter...
  10. Current concern...
  11. The alphabet is an aggressive...


Jan. 14 Th    McLuhan, excerpts from Understanding Media in Essential McLuhan (packet)

“Introduction” and “The Medium is the Message,” 149-161

“The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis”

“Hybrid Energy,” 174-179

“Is It Natural…,” 180-182   


Jan. 19 T    Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49, Chapters 1-2


Jan. 21 Th    The Crying of Lot 49, Chapters 3-4


Jan. 26 T    The Crying of Lot 49, Chapters 5-6


Jan. 28 Th    Rucker, The Hacker and the Ants, 1-156


Feb. 2 T    The Hacker and the Ants, 157-308


Unit 2: The Desert of the Real


Feb. 4 Th    Baudrillard, The Gulf War Did Not Take Place

“The Gulf War will not take place,” pages 23-28

“The Gulf War: is it really taking place,” out of a total of 38 sections, read the following: 1-4, 6-7, 12-16, 20-21, 23, 25-26, 28, 32, 35, 38

“The Gulf War did not take place,” out of a total of 23 sections, read the following: 1, 8, 17-18, 21, 23


Feb. 9 T    Virilio, excerpts from Desert Screen (packet)

        “The Squared Horizon,” 16-20

        “Interview,” 31-34

         Borges, “Garden of Forking Paths” (on wiki)


Feb. 11 Th    Stuart Moulthrop, Victory Garden, reading highlights TBA (read at least 2 hours)

                    Don't forget these tips for reading Victory Garden


Feb. 16 T    Victory Garden (read for at least 2 hours)


Feb. 18 Th   Victory Garden (read for at least 2 hours)


Feb. 23 T    Rose, “Secret Websites, Coded Messages” 

        Start playing The Nethernet

        Paper 1 Due


Feb. 25 Th    Charles Stross, Halting State, 1-98


Mar. 2 T    Halting State, 99-212


Mar. 4 Th    Halting State, 213-324


Mar. 9 T    Moulthrop, “From Work to Play” (packet)

                 Jane McGonigal, “Why I Love Bees” (packet)


Unit 3: Remediation and Media-Specific Analysis


Mar. 11 Th    House of Leaves, front cover - 24 (Read all material: prefatory, cover, appendixes, footnotes, exhibits as you come to them)


Mar. 15-19    Spring Break   


Mar. 23 T    House of Leaves, 24-79 (don’t miss the footnote on p. 72 that asks you to read a large chunk of the appendix, 584-644)


Mar. 25 Th    Jay David Bolter and Richard Grusin, excerpts from Remediation

“Introduction,” 2-15 (packet)

“Immediacy, Hypermediacy, and Remediation” 21-50 (packet)

“Mediation and Remediation,” 53-62 (packet)

“Digital Photography,” 105-112 (on wiki)


Mar. 30 T    House of Leaves, 80-245


Apr. 1 Th    Winterson, The.PowerBook, 1-141


Apr. 6 T    Jacques Derrida, “The Book to Come” (packet)

N. Katherine Hayles, excerpt from Writing Machines (packet), “Material Metaphors , Technotexts, and Media-Specific Analysis,” 18-33


Apr. 8 Th    The.PowerBook, 143-end


Apr. 13 T    House of Leaves, 246-346


Apr. 15 Th    House of Leaves, 347-422


Apr. 20 T    House of Leaves, 423-528


Apr. 22 Th    House of Leaves, catch-up



Apr. 26 M    Paper 2 Due by 5pm EST to bcroxal@g.clemson.edu.  

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