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Reading and Teaching Digital and Electronic Texts

CCCC March 15, 2013
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Transcript of Reading and Teaching Digital and Electronic Texts

Transliteracy: "the ability to read write and interact across a range of platforms, tools and media" (Simanowski 233).
College Writing R1A: first of two-part Reading and Composition Requirement; 14 students per section
Texts assigned for first writing project:

Entre Ville
by J. R. Carpenter
http://collection.eliterature.org/2/works/carpenter_entreville/index.html

• The first three chapters of Yi-Fu Tuan's
Space and Place: The Perspective
of Experience
(25th anniversary edition)



Entre Ville: This City Between Us
, J. R. Carpenter
http://www.hyperrhiz.net/hyperrhiz06/24-artist-statements/72-entre-ville An essay describing Entre Ville as a "new media project" commissioned by the Conseil des Arts de Montreal.


What is this Buzz Word
"Transliteracy"? A Q&A with Ryan Nadel
http://spotlight.macfound.org/featured-stories/entry/what-is-this-buzz-word-transliteracy-a-qa-with-ryan-nadel


Reading as a Reader
, Donald M. Murray
What students wrote:
• In order to obtain the full experience Carpenter offers, readers must be
able to
navigate
through her
web-based informal presentation
of a
notebook
.
College Writing 105: hybrid writing class, elective, upper-division, readings focus on technology, social media, communication,
20 students
Before students write an analysis of a digital text, they have written digital literacy narratives and done quite a bit of reading about issues of access (less about "digital divide" than fluency) and digital natives. Two texts for the course
What the intermediate students wrote (all three stories come from Electronic Literature)
Because
background music
has played continuously throughout the first three parts, of "Flight Paths," by Pullinger & Joseph, the decision in Part 4 to
mute
the music during Yacub's fall is especially
haunting.
The
break is cued
by a horrific
sound effect
, which
we soon realize
is probably the landing gear of the plane shifting and jettisoning Yacub out of his secret compartment. We
know
something is wrong: the
piercing sound
of the gear followed by an
eerie silence

forces
us to
focus
our
complete attention
on the
text
.
Along with each major assignment, students write reflections. One had some fun with Egan's model (overall, the intermediate class got more into the spirit of play with these texts).
The assignment asked students to write about reading Entre Ville and discuss how they came to an understanding of Carpenter's neighborhood as space or place or both.

Transliteracy is a necessity
because as Ryan Nadel puts it, " . . . transliteracy is the ability to adapt. It's creating a literacy and fluidity between mediums."
• Upon
clicking
the
icon
the
viewer

enters
the
poem
literally with the images of graffiti, broken toys, ragged clothing and old signs.
• An
inexperienced reader
of electronic literature might not be able to
view
her neighborhood as
"place"
because they
will not fully explore
every aspect of it by
clicking on
the
images
and
watching
the
videos
due to their
inability
to move the
cursor
over the images.
• After I
accidentally
came around the
visual cues
like the
popping images
, it made me
want to click
on more. Every image and video is
on the page
for a
reason
and that is to
connect
us to the
imagination
and

the
visual
.
• I
did not like
the way the poem
scrolled
, so I
copied it onto a doc
, and
read the way I'm used

to
while
highlighting important words
.
We read parts of Jennifer Egan's "Great Rock and Roll Pauses," the PowerPoint story from A Visit from the Goon Squad together in class, practicing the terminology from M.E. Hocks' "Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments" as we discussed it. http://www.pbs.org/newshour/art/blog/2010/07/conversation-author-jennifer-egan.html
The options students had for their analysis were Inanimate Alice, Egan's story, an academic work from Kairos (Summer 2012 issue), anything from Electronic Literature, or some other digital text of their choice. http://www.inanimatealice.com http://www.technorhetoric.net/16.3/index.html
http://eliterature.org/
In "Entre Ville" Carpenter
introduces the neighborhood
of Mile End on
two spiral notebook pages
. On the
left-hand side
, she presents the poem "Saint Urbain Street Heat,"
positioned across
from a
hand drawn sketch
of an apartment building. With
up and down arrows
to the
right of the poem
,
reading
it is
easy
; even the
sketch and surrounding doodles
seem
natural
, as though
we have found
a piece of
digital literature left behind on a park bench
.
Wilks effectively
molds elements
of
animated figures
,
sounds
and
digital text
in Tailspin to
create
an
experience
of
distorted reality
that
builds
upon the
tension
and dysfunctional relationship between the father and daughter.
(Students were amused that Egan thought a teenager would keep a PowerPoint journal.)
For their final project, students create a Prezi. Some translate their digital literacy essays; others further explore a topic from the course; and they also have a choice to create their own topic.
With or Without Identity
, Carina Toste http://prezi.com/q8mqrqvy7abh/with-or-without-identity/
Internet Memes: The Digital Phenomenon
, Raymond Yeung
http://prezi.com/nyyymbw2ouil/internet-memes-the-digital-phenomenon/
Live Young, Die Younger
, Shanita Talton
http://prezi.com/imcfqwp_f5m4/live-young-die-younger/
References (without links)
• Simanowski, R., Schäfer, J. & Gendolla, P. (2010).Reading Moving Letters: Digital Literature in Research and Teaching. Piscataway: Transaction Publishers.

• Hocks, M. E. (2003) Understanding Visual Rhetoric in Digital Writing Environments. CCC, (54) 4, pp. 629-656.
• blurs boundaries between teacher and student

•deeply affects the traditional pact between author
and audience largely because of "the disappearance of the fixed text" (Goicoechea 242)

•requires both teachers and students to tolerate a high level of ambiguity even after,
perhaps especially after, discussion, both
small-group-student- and classroom-teacher-led
Electronic literature: great reading;
engaging way to articulate the concept
of transliteracy and put it into
practice with students.

http://eliterature.org/
students learning to use Diigo in workshop
#digitalcitizen
http://prezi.com/neqtik1c-r6a/the-iron-dove-1-colwrit-1-5-project/
The Iron Dove
, Ylan Ha
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