350: 379:01, Computers and Literature, Ehrlich, TuTh 6 (4:00-5:20 pm) Index 34132 -- Hill 104 -- Fall 2003
Office hour: 521 Hill, 1:30-2:30 TuTh, - Revised Sept. 30, 2003
Pages to follow: Assignments/Projects and Bibliography/Resources
Ehrlich e-mail: ehrlich@andromeda.rutgers.edu - Ehrlich web site: http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich
379 class e-mail: tigers@andromeda.rutgers.edu - 379 web site : http://andromeda.rutgers.edu/~ehrlich/379

Readings: Required texts (only at New Jersey Books):
Neil Spiller, Cyber Reader (2002) - Phaidon$40 ISBN# 0714840718(see page assignments below)
Mary Shelley, Frankenstein - Signet $4 ISBN#: 0451527712 - or Penguin $8 #0140433627
William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984) - Ace $7 ISBN# 0441569595
Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992) - Bantam $14 ISBN# 0553380958

Sept 2/4. Introduction - Basic skills: text editing (non-formatting). Pegasus accounts (secure e-mail and FTP, Unix, Pico, HTM); Poe, "Maelzel's chess-player," http://eapoe.org/works/essays/maelzelb.htm

Sept. 9/11 Individual and class projects: web pages, URL lists, personal interests; Charles Babbage, Of the Analytical Engine, 1864 [22-27]; William Gibson and Bruce Sterling, The Difference Engine, 1991 [132-37]

Sept 16/18. Pre-computer era: EM Forster, "The Machine Stops, 1909 [28-33]; Mary Shelley, Frankenstein

Sept. 23/25 The modern computer: Vannevar Bush, As We May Think, 1945 [34-38] ; JD Bolter, Essays of Operation, 1989 [40-45] ; Norbert Wiener, Organization of the Message, 1950 [46-50]; JCR Licklider, Man-Computer Symbiosis, 1960 [52-59]; Douglas Engelbart, Augmenting Human Intellect: A Conceptual Framework, 1962 [60-67]; Marshall McLuhan, The Gadget Lover: Narcissus as Narcosis, 1964 [68-74]

Sept. 30/Oct. 2. Postmodernism and cyberspace: William Gibson, Neuromancer (1984); [Optional: Background of Neuromancer: Raymond Chandler, The Big Sleep; William Burroughs,  Naked Lunch; Philip Dick, Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep? - filmed as Blade Runner]; Gilles Deleuze & Felix Guattari, Thousand Plateaux: Capitalism and Schizophrenia, 1980 [96-101] ;

October 7-9: Course review; Mid Term Exam: October 9

Oct 14/16. Feminism: Donna Haraway, Cyborg Manifesto, 1985 [108-14]; Sherry Turkle, Constructions and Reconstructions of the Self in Virtual Reality, 1994 [208-14]; Anne Balsamo, Feminism for the Incurably Informed, 1993 [202-07] Miniaturization: K Eric Drexler, Englines of Abundance, 1990 [116-25]; Greg Bear, Queen of Angels (1991) [126-31]

Oct 21/23. Virtual reality: Neil Stephenson, Snow Crash (1992); Howard Rheingold, The Origins of Drama and the Future of Fun, 1991 [138-43]; Michael Heim, The Virtual Reality of the Tea Ceremony, 1998 [286-91]

Oct 28/30. Architecture: Marcos Novak, Liquid Architectures in Cyberspace, 1991 [150-57]; William Mitchell, Soft Cities, 1995 [230-37]; Nicholas Negroponte, Iconographics, 1995 [256-60]

Nov 4/6. Consciousness and AI: Daniel C Dennett, An Empirical Theory of the Mind: Evolution of Consciousness, 1992 [158-62] Steven Levy, The Strong Claim, 1992 [170-76]; Greg Egan, Permutation City (1994) [222-28] ; Jeff Noon, Stash Riders, 1998 [184-89]

Nov 11/13. The occult: Erik Davis, Techgnosis: Magic, Memory, and the Angles of Information, 1993 [190-95]; Margaret Wertheim, The Pearly Gates of Cyberspace, 1999 [298-303]

Nov 18/20. Virtual sex / performance / robotics: Mark Dery, Robocopulation: Sex Times Technology Equals the Future, 1998 [274-79]; Stelac, Toward the Post-Human, 1995 [262-69]; Hans Moravec, The Senses Have No Future, 1998 [280-285]

Nov 25/Dec. 2. War and peace: Manuel de Landa, Policing the Spectrum 1991 [144-49]; John Perry Barlow, A Declaration of the Independence of Cyberspace, 1996[270-73]

Recommended collections of related articles: 1) Victor Vitanza, ed., Cyberreader (Allyn and Bacon, 2nd ed 1999) - 2) Noah Waldrip-Fruin and Nick Montfort, eds. The New Media Reader with CD-ROM (MIT, 2003)