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Schedule of Readings and Assignments for English 236


The first four classes of the course focus on selected readings designed to start students thinking about the relation between literary interpretation and other paradigms of research. These classes will run in normal discussion mode. From Class 5 on, the course will enter workshop mode where everything is geared toward facilitating–and keeping the rest of the class informed about--team projects. Some of the workshop classes will feature presentations of projects-in-progress; others will be "studio" sessions giving team members a chance to work side by side.

Solo Assignment = Solo assignment Team Assignment = Team assignment

Section 1: Theory


Class 1 (January 10) — Introduction: Literature+ [Class 1 Notes]


Class 2 (January 17) — Graph, Map, Tree [Class 2 Notes]

  • Franco Moretti, Graphs, Maps, Trees (Verso, 2005)

Solo Assignment Create a bio for the course wiki, including your intellectual interests. (For details, see Assignments)


Class 3 (January 24) — Model, Text-Analyze, Simulate, Demo [Class 3 Notes]

Team Assignment Teams to be formed in class on this date. [Students may choose instead to work individually on projects supporting their dissertations.]


Class 4 (January 31) — Game [Class 4 Notes]

  • Katie Salen and Eric Zimmerman, Rules of Play: Game Design Fundamentals (MIT Press, 2004): [in course reader]
    • pp. 29-37
    • pp. 71-83
    • pp. 94-99
    • pp. 101-5
    • pp. 11-13
    • pp. 106-15
    • pp. 363-419
    • pp. 490-501
  • Ivanhoe (familiarize yourself with the concept of this literary role-playing/interpretation "game")
  • Reprise: Literature ++
    • Review readings for Class 1

Team Assignment At least one team-meeting outside class by this date to begin brainstorming. (For details, see Assignments)


Section 2: Practice


Class 5 (February 7) — Project Idea Presentations [Class 5 Notes]

Team Assignment Choose a literary work (or part of a work) that the team will "interpret."  Present to the class your team's rationale for choosing the work and at least two initial project ideas. (For details, see Assignments)

Extra: Ray Siemens of the University of Victoria, BC, is giving a Transliteracies Paradigms Lecture on Friday, Feb. 8th, on "Converging Knowledge Domains and the Study of the Electronic Book." Students from English 236 are strongly encourage to attend.


Class 6 (February 14) — Workshop [Class 6 Notes]

Solo Assignment Write annotated bibliography. (For details, see Assignments)



Class 7 (Feburary 21) — [No class with instructor this date; teams can workshop independently] [Class 7 Notes]

Solo Assignment Write 4-page research report on one of the items in your annotated bibliography. (For details, see Assignments)


Class 8 (February 28) — Workshop [Class 8 Notes]



Class 9 (March 6) — Workshop [Class 9 Notes]



Class 10 (March 13) — Final Presentations [Class 10 Notes]

Team Assignment Formal presentations of team projects. (For details, see Assignments)



(March 17)

Solo Assignment "Interpretive" essay or commentary due. (For details, see Assignments)


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