Reading & Composition
This course will examine literature and the visual arts alongside and through the rapidly growing field of virtual technologies, emphasizing their medial relationships to literary artwork. Assigned texts will be read alongside and compared to recent adaptations of texts in their various new mediations. This course will also integrate texts and theory drawing from art history, philosophy, computer science, anthropology, cognitive studies, and literary criticism with innovative technologies where such disparate ideas might generate new critical modes and analytical methods. In doing so, this course will investigate how literature becomes transmitted through other media, and by this process we will be charting a course towards virtual analysis. Among others, the course will pose the following questions: How does expansion of the visual and the virtual generate new forms of literary representation? And with it, how can these forms be understood in traditional pedagogies of the canon, or, further, what demands do these new forms impose on the generation of new pedagogical practices? Is VR and AR an extension or enhancement of the “real” or something else entirely? How does literature and archive become related to incarnations of story in different media? In addition to these literary themes, this course will also focus on composition. Course assignments will emphasize developing arguments, drafts, and revision of written essays. As an R1B course, final essays will include a research component.