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