Department of English

University of Toronto


ENG287H1F  L0101   M2-4, Tutorials W2 or W3
The Digital Text
Professor Adam Hammond

Brief Description of Course: A practical and theoretical investigation of the creative and interpretive possibilities opened up by digital forms of literature. In addition to reading literary and theoretical texts (including novels, graphic novels, essays, and videogames) students will acquire basic hands-on skills in digital storytelling through use of the Twine platform (HTML, CSS, and programming) as well as experience in XML coding and quantitative literary analysis. No previous programming/coding experience is expected or required.

Require Reading: Books: Marshall McLuhan, The Medium is the Massage (Gingko); Dash Shaw, BodyWorld (Pantheon); Jennifer Egan, A Visit from the Goon Squad (Anchor); Sennah Yee, How Do I Look? (Metatron). Digital narratives and videogames: Porpentine, With Those We Love Alive; Zoe Quinn, Depression Quest; Gone Home (Fullbright Company); Superbrothers: Sword and Sworcery (Capy Games). Remaining course texts will be available online.

First Three Authors/Texts: Nicholas Carr (online); McLuhan; Egan.

Method of instruction: Lecture and tutorial

Method of Evaluation: Two short assignments (15% each); essay (30%); examination (25%); participation (15%).

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