Week 10


Team A - In Davis 319

Eagleton - pp 1-20 in Perusall.

Overall Plan: On Monday you will re-read sections, and on Tuesday, in groups, I will ask you to lead discussion along the following outline: Outline for class discussion on Eagleton


1) General questions

2) Small group work to insure basic understanding of your section

3) Group preparation and note-taking in preparation for leading discussion on Tuesday


Use Teams to finish organizing for discussion leading next class. Please use notes and Perusal – not slides. Also, you can use a hashtag such as “#Group_A1” to highlight areas you want to present. Meet via Zoom if you need in order to finish. Flag something in Perusall “#sherwood_help” if you need me to weigh in!


All - in Great Hall

Outline for class discussion on Eagleton

Value - Eagleton - online reading - Perusall

  1. Group A1 - (Period views) - Benjamin, Grace, Hannah, Jenny, Samuel
  2. Group A2 - (standards and values) - Conor, Sydney, Isaiah, Koan
  3. Group B1 - (commonality and difference) - Anas, Heather, Joshua, Skyler, Tatiana
  4. Group B2 - (Is evaluation possible? ) - Blake, Jacey ,Morgan, Sonya


For Thursday, read/view these two pieces of Electronic Literature: 1 Nanette Wylde - Storyland. Interactive Flash work: requires Flash player or screencast and 2. Young Hae Chang Heavy Industries - Art is a Lie that Just Won't Die link

In MS Teams, join the discussion on one of these pieces and respond to the claim “Storyland (or Art is a Lie) is a good work of literature.”


Team B - Davis 319

Finish Eagleton presentations / discussion

Brief Introduction to Electronic Literature (15 min)

E-lit emerges in the 1990s, as poets, story-tellers and others consider how to use the personal computer, projection screen, or algorithmic processes as their medium of expression. Some pieces are interactive; others blend sound and image. All, in on one way or another, begin with some idea of good literature and then adapt, extend, or challenge it. Some e-lit involves programming by its author; some e-lit asks the reader to behave differently, perhaps more of a player than an interpreter. Broadly speaking, E-lit authors follow the experimentalist lead of precursors like Marcel Duchamp, Gertrude Stein, and John Cage.

Why E-lit and not just “literature”?

Labels, audiences, expectations, criteria ….?

Discussion of E-lit Works

  1. Storyland - Nanette Wylde
  2. Art is a Lie - Young Hae Chang


Read Stephanie Strickland's “Born Digital” link and Strickland and Montfort's electronic literature piece: The Sea and Spar Between link

Respond to the Prompt in MS Teams LINK


Team A in Davis

  1. Continued discussion, Young Hae Chang. Is it literature or a movie? And what difference does that make?
  2. Discussing Strickland
    1. “Born Digital” - key points and questions
    2. “Sea and the Spar Between”


Emily Short - Galatea (Interactive Fiction) link. On Galatea Shelly Jackson - My Body a Wunderkammer (Hypertext) link.

Both “Galatea” and “My Body” are language-based, narrative works that give the readers an interactive role, perhaps even making us co-creators. I'd like you to think about the experience of reading/navigating these works, whether that adds value to the story, and to what extent either or both good indicate a new path for literature in the digital age. Please choose at least one to focus upon and spend at least 30 minutes exploring.

Looking ahead, on Tuesday we will have a day-long E-lit champions tournament. Many of the works I've showcased came to my attention through one of three Electronic Literature anthologies. On Monday night, you will need to submit your championship candidate from among the works on these three sites and we'll begin the E-lit Tournament