Digital Poetry (English 3116)

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In this course we will examine a range of digital poems side-by-side earlier, bookbound poems to establish the extent to which digital poems are a continuation or a definitive break from what has come before. We will also look at the surface-level effects of these digital poems and try to establish a working vocabulary for critiquing these 21st century literary artifacts; further, we will look at how these poems have been constructed—what software has been used or hacked to create these word objects? What can we learn from studying these works at the level of the code? We will also explore the ways in which the language of digital poems mimics or becomes an object, sometimes complete with its own emergent behavior. Throughout the semester we will also have the opportunity to compare our findings with the authors’ intentions through videoconference meetings and/or online discussion forums. Further, since this course is as focused on the making and doing of digital poetry as much as on the critique and literary study of these poems, at the end of the semester we will have a “demo day” where you will exhibit for students and faculty the digital poems you will have created in response to the poems we will have studied in class.

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Creative works referenced

Titlesort descending Author Year
Arteroids Jim Andrews 2003
Birds Singing Other Birds' Songs María Mencía 2001
Code Movie 1 Giselle Beiguelman 2004
Dakota Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge 2001
First Screening: Computer Poems Barrie Phillip Nichol 1984
Game, game, game, and again game Jason Nelson 2007
Generative Poetry Geniwate, Brian Kim Stefans 2005
How to Make a Dadaist Poem Tristan Tzara 1920
Jean-Pierre Balpe ou les Lettres Dérangées Patrick-Henri Burgaud 2005
Nio Jim Andrews 2001
open.ended Daniel C. Howe, Aya Natalia Karpinska 2004
Pillage Laud Erin Mouré 1999
The 8 Rules of Fight Club - Kinetic Typography 2008
The Dreamlife of Letters Brian Kim Stefans 2000
The Jew's Daughter Judd Morrissey 2000
Today I Die Daniel Benmergui 2009
Translation John Cayley 2004
Traveling to Utopia Young-Hae Chang Heavy Industries, Young-Hae Chang, Marc Voge 2006
Twelve Blue Michael Joyce 1996
White-Faced Bromeliads on 20 Hectares Loss Pequeño Glazier 1999
windsound John Cayley 1998
Zone : Zero Stephanie Strickland 2008
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