Department of English

University of Toronto

ENG287H1S L5101

ENG287H1S L5101 TR 6-9
The Digital Text
Instructor:
Illya Nokhrin

Brief Description of Course: This course investigates how digital media and technology have changed literature, academic scholarship, and daily life. We’ll begin by examining the impact that technology has had on how we communicate with one another, including Twitter memes and hashtags as well as Facebook’s numerous privacy scandals. We’ll then move to a discussion of digital tools that are used by scholars to help them analyze literary texts. The course will conclude with an examination of how writers and artists have incorporated digital tools in order to create art and literature.

Required Reading:Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message”; Patrick Davidson, “The Language of Internet Memes”; Mark Doten, Trump Sky Alpha; Todd Spangler, “Facebook Under Fire”; Nan Z. Da, “The Digital Humanities Debacle”; Dear Villagers, Bury Me, My Love; Zoe Quinn, Depression Quest; Adam Hammond, “The Complete Beginner’s Guide to Twine”; Teju Cole, “Hafiz”; Komal Kapoor, Unfollowing You.

First Three Authors/Texts: Marshall McLuhan, “The Medium is the Message ; Patrick Davidson, “The Language of Internet Memes”; Mark Doten, Trump Sky Alpha.

Method of Instruction: Lecture/discussion

Method of Evaluation: Short assignment (20%), essay proposal (10%), essay (30%), exam (30%), discussion (10%).

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