Upper-Division Seminar : Multimedia Criticism

Course Number: ENGL 197
Prerequisites: Upper-division standing, English majors only
Advisory Enrollment Information: This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.
Catalog Course Entry: ENGL 197
Quarter: Spring 2013
Instructor: Douglass, Jeremy
Day(s): TR
Time: 2:00 - 3:15 PM
Location: SH 2617
Description:

This course cannot be repeated and is limited to upper-division English majors only.

How do we interpret works that are composed of complex media forms -- from illuminated manuscripts to interactive media? Conversely, how can we use media to create new forms of literary criticism?

To explore this question fully, we will take a long and broad view on multimedia, considering examples from the colonial era printing press through 1960s graphic design, also considering graphic novels, computer programs, video games, and even Powerpoint as a rhetorical (and artistic) medium.

The class includes a collaborative and a creative component.

Some works addressed in the course include:

  • Franklin. Poor Richard, 1733 an Almanack.
  • Koster. A Theory of Fun for Game Design.
  • McCloud. Understanding Comics.
  • McLuhan and Fiore. The Medium is the Massage.
  • Montfort et al. 10 PRINT CHR$(205.5+RND(1)); : GOTO 10.
  • Tufte. The Cognitive Style of Powerpoint.

Course material on graphic narrative will also coincide with the campus visit and Regent's Lecture of renowned comics theorist Scott McCloud.