The Random and Automatic (Weeks 6-8)

What’s the history of randomness in art and literature? How does randomness upset our notions of originality and authorship? And what happens when literature is like a film, unspooling in front of us, beyond our control?

Monday, February 17 (Week 6)

  • Rettberg, “Combinatory Poetics” (chapter 2) from Electronic Literature, pp. 20-37
  • One and two implementations of Christopher Strachey’s Love Letter Generator (1952)
  • An implementation of Theo Lutz’s Stochastic Texts (1959)
  • An implementation of Alison Knowles and James Tenney’s A House of Dust (1967)
  • Blog (Round 3): Group A

Wednesday, February 19

Friday, February 21

Monday, February 24 (Week 7)

  • Rettberg, “Combinatory Poetics” (chapter 2) from Electronic Literature, pp. 49-53
  • Amaranth Borsuk, Kate Durbin, and Ian Hatcher, Abra: a living text (2017)
  • Selected Bots
  • Blog (Round 3): Group C

Wednesday, February 26

  • Rettberg, “Kinetic and Interactive Poetry” from Electronic Literature, pp. 137-143
  • Young-hae Chang Heavy Industries, Dakota (2002)
  • Jessica Pressman, “Speed Reading” from Digital Modernism: Making It New in New Media (2014), pp. 78-100
  • Blog (Round 3): Group D

Friday, February 28

  • Tracery Projects Due

Monday, March 2 – Friday, March 5 (Week 8)

  • Spring Break – No Class

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