Module Information

Module Identifier
Module Title
Academic Year
Intended for use in future years

Course Delivery

Delivery Type Delivery length / details
Seminars / Tutorials 8 x 2 hour seminars
Practical 2x2 hour workshops


Assessment Type Assessment length / details Proportion
Semester Assessment 1 x 1500 word essay  25%
Semester Assessment 1500 word blog  25%
Semester Assessment 3000 word hyperlinked essay  50%
Supplementary Assessment Make good any missing and/or resubmit failed elements  100%

Learning Outcomes

On completion of this module, successful students should be able to:

1. Demonstrate knowledge of key critical concepts and positions in relation to 'text and technology,' with reference to various types of text, both print-based and online.

2. Demonstrate knowledge of the ways in which technology affects literary production, in relation to both content and form (for example, the ways in which technologies are represented in print-based texts or how the medium of hypertext affects the narrative constructed).

3. Illustrate and analyse the ways in which computer-mediated communication can affect the process of textual reception and interpretation.

4. Make effective use of weblogs to a) facilitate group interaction, collaboration, and debate, and b) reflect on their own developing understanding of the relationship between 'text and technology.'

Brief description

This module explores a variety of texts that examine the relationship between literature and new media. Moving between hypertexts, interactive fictions, blogs, and more traditional print-based texts, we will scrutinise the extent to which the 'literary text' is redefined by technology, and analyses the impact that such developments have on both literary production and reception. Although it is taught through selected texts, it is equally concerned with the ways in which our reading processes are confounded by the various forms studied; it is as much about how we read, discuss, and interpret such texts as it is about the texts themselves. Furthermore, the various assessment methods will allow you to explore your relationship with such technologies, and consider how they affect the writing process.



1. Narratives and New Media
2. Technology as Trope 1: The Problems of Computer-Mediated Identity.
Text: Jeanette Winterson, The Powerbook (2000).
3. Technology as Trope 2: The Problems of Computer-Generated Texts.
Text: Phillippe Vasset, Script Generator??' (2004). Trans. Jane Metter.
4. Workshop 1: Critical Resources (Taught in Computer Room)
5. Technology & Structure 1: Blogs and 'The New Epistolary Form'
Text: Eric Heisserer, The Dionaea House (2004).
6. Technology & Structure 2: Hypertexts & Hypertextuality
Text: Shelley Jackson, My Body: A Wunderkammer & (1997).
10. The (Electronic) Future of Literature?
9. Technology & Interactivity 2: Flash Fiction
Text: geniwate & Deena Larsen, The Princess Murderer (2003).

8. Technology & Interactivity 1: Interactive Fiction & Game Texts
Text: Nick Montfort, Ad Verbum (2000).

7. Workshop 2: Principles of Hyperlinked Essays (Taught in Computer Room)


To cover some of the most recent developments in literary production, and provide students with both a conceptual and theoretical framework through which such texts can be interpreted. Building on students' knowledge of the relationship between text and technology (from EN20120 Reading Theory / Reading Text 1), this module studies technology as medium, formal structure, stylistic device, and thematic concern of literary texts. Furthermore, through the various modes of assessment (blog contributions, print-based essay, and hyperlinked essay), students will be able to reflect on the ways in which such technologies affect the production of their own critical work. This module pre-supposes no prior experience with regards to ICT (other than that already assumed by other modules within the Department, such as the use of MS Word and Blackboard), and thus students will develop these transferable skills over of the duration of the module.

Module Skills

Skills Type Skills details
Communication . Through the creation of academic work in both print-based and electronic media. . Through group discussions, presentations, and projects in blog postings and face-to-face
Improving own Learning and Performance . Through independent research and reading, and reflecting upon them in blog postings. . Through summative tutor feedback on assignments.
Information Technology . Word-processing packages (MS Word), including principles of image and hyperlink insertion, through the creation of academic written work. . Bibliographic databases (LION and JSTOR), through research for the creation of academic written work. ¿ Key resources for electronic literature, through both seminar teaching and independent research. ¿ Online collaboration and reflective practice, through the use of blogs via Campus LX Blackboard extension
Personal Development and Career planning . Through critical self-reflection and reflective practice in blog postings (personal development). . Through the development of transferable ICT and research skills (personal development).
Problem solving . Through developing evaluative analytic and critical skills in relation to both . Through formulation of detailed critical argument in essay-based assignments.
Research skills . Through developing evaluative analytic and critical skills in relation to both . Through formulation of detailed critical argument in essay-based assignments.
Subject Specific Skills . Reading and writing skills, through the study of online and print-based texts. . Detailed critical/theoretical analysis of literary and new media texts, and evaluation of broad intellectual concepts concerned with new media technologies.
Team work . Through group presentations and peer feedback to blog postings.

Reading List

Essential Reading
Heisserer, Eric (2004) The Dionaea House Montfort, Nick (2000) Ad Verbum. Vasset, Phillippe (2004) Script Generator Trans.Jane Metter Serpent's Tail Press Primo search Winterson, Jeanette (2000) The Powerbook Vintage Primo search Jackson, Shelley (1977) My Body: A Wunderkammer & Larsen, Geniwate & Deena (2003) The Princess Murderer
Supplementary Text
Aarseth, Espen (1997) Cybertext: Perspectives on Ergodic Literature John Hopkins University Press Primo search Hansen, Mark B. N. (2006) Bodies in Code: Interfaces With Digital Media Routledge Primo search Hayles, N. Katherine (2008) Electronic Literature: Nw Horizons for the Literary University of Notre Dame Press Primo search Hayles, N. Katherine (2002) Writing Machines MIT Press Primo search Landow, George (1994) Hyper/text/Theory John Hopkins University Press Primo search Landow, George (2005) Hypertext 3.0: Critical Theory and New Media in an Era of Globalization John Hopkins University Press Primo search Manovich, Lev (2001) The Language of New Media MIT Press Primo search McGann, Jerome (2004) Radiant Textuality: Literature after the World Wide Webb Palgrave Macmillan Primo search Murray, Janet (1998) Hamlet on the Holodeck: The Future of Narratibve in Cyberspace MIT Press Primo search O'Gorman, Marcel (2007) E=Crit: Digital Media, Critical Theory, and the Humanities Univesity of Toronto Press Primo search Ryan, Marie-Laure (2004) Narrative Across Media: The Language of Storytelling University of Nebraska Press Primo search


This module is at CQFW Level 6