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The "Death of the Book," the
Digital Humanities, and the
Self[ie] in Literature, Film, Art, Photography and
the World Wide Web
earest I/Eyegasmic English 220 Students, Spring 2015 @ SDSU! On this page you will find the various laws that rule our 21st century literary/cultural studies estate--the little gates, cages, locks, and handcuffs as well as the meager statutes, ordinances, edicts, and principles that allow our experimental collective to thrive, that stoke our collective electric imagination!
Let me underscore that you have absolute intellectual freedom in our eyegasmilicious advanced seminar, BUT to receive these delicious rights you must also succumb to the reasonable responsibilities outlined in this, our class passport.
After all, we want to have a blast, be the best literature/film studies class on the West Coast, even (take that Stanford! Eat my dust MIT)! But to do that, we need some peace and quiet--a safe asylum within which to forge our imaginative eye/I-sensitive imagination, to amp our lucid literary and cinematic hallucinations. So, then, read these laws carefully and thoroughly, so when you walk into GMCS 333, the Eyegasmatorium!, you will know what to do and what not to do!
When you enter this room for class you will
the reading that appears on the
class calendar! FINISHED (not started, not skimmed, not glanced)! Coming
to a university literature/film/cultural studies class
the reading is like a gardener trying
to raise roses without getting her/his hands filthy
with shit, a surgeon trying to operate without a
a fireman without an ax, a streetwalker without, er,
well, I better stop
Do the readings.
Do them twice if you can MAKE the time!
I know, you
are saying to
yourself, "they don't make me read in my other
classes" or some other
sort of nonsense..... well here, you must!
twice about joining us if you have not finished the
of our class depends upon your dedicated work and your
relentless and independent
curiosity. Without your periodic intellectual
donations, the class is likely
to evolve into a boring, even painful waste of
Your laptop will be asleep IN YOUR BAGS
during class--or, better yet, resting in your dorm
room or apartment.
Have you noticed how anytime a student uses a laptop
in an auditorium there
is a "cone of distraction" alongside and behind the
student using a computer? This is usually due to said student surfing
the web via wi-fi perusing
erotic delights or god knows what. I
was recently at a cool (ok, it was slightly boring, I
by a noted writer--as I tried to listen to her,
in front of me, a
diverted student, there, no doubt, for extra-credit,
was perusing sites
(nsfw or school). So, laptops are GREAT for entering
notes AFTER class, but they will not be allowed in our
lecture hall. If you have an issue with this, schedule a
meeting with me during
office hours the first week of class.
Yes, the trauma of that
delayed text, yes,
the horror of that missed hook-up call, yes, the loss of the buzz of that random Tinder swipe will no doubt
doom you to years
and years on an psychoanalyst's couch, but we, the
rest of us, will gain some
silence, a kind of sanctuary without which ideas
wither on the
vine. We are NOT joking about this unthinkable edict! Don't end up
like this former student from another Engl 220 I
taught back in the day:
STATUTE 1.499556 Charlie-Delta_Thief:
PLAGIARISM is for cads, thieves, and idiots who desire an "F" for the class. Plagiarism comes from the Latin word, "plagiarius" which means kidnapper, plunderer, or (get this!) thief--not a GOOD thing. In the university, plagiarism refers to the art and crime of presenting other people's work under your own signature, aka cutting and pasting copied crap from wikipedia--definitely a BAD thing. While your professor is forbidden by CSU/SDSU code from tattooing the word LOSER on the foreheads of guilty students, he can promise that felonious students will be remanded to the state-authorized SDSU executioners. Read THIS as well--SDSU is SERIOUS about this shit, so don't take any chances! Rely on your own mind and your own precious imagination!
WRITING AND EXAMINATIONS
You will be asked to write TWO Analytical
Challenges, 3-5 page essays, during the
course of the term. Please note that you will never be
to write about something you absolutely loathe. Please
see me or your amazing GTAs during office
hours as brainstormings essay topics is totally cool.
will be an Imagination Challenge
In-Class Festival (aka, the
FINAL EXAM) on the last regularly
scheduled day of class: Thursday, May 7,
2015. Your final is absolutely
comprehensive; it assumes you have read all the books
and screened all
the movies that are part of our required work. If you
do the work, the
final is a breeze--even "fun" if you can believe it.
If you slack off,
you will find the Imagination
Challenge In-Class Festival as
enjoyable as having dinner with the Here Comes
Honey Boo-Boo clan!
One social media site for this class,
Facebook-based, is located here.
If you are a member of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg’s mad
experiment, then you are expected to post
class-related links, images,
videos, articles, etc at least ONCE a month or 5 total
for the whole
semester. If you have not bought into Zuckerberg’s mad
and stay away from Facebook like the plague, you
have a second
choice--you can directly submit a posting to the Eyegasm Tumblr
Ar[t]chive. I, too, will be posting course-related materials
to our Facebook
and Tumblr sites from time to time—feel free to follow
and make suggestions for additions/deletions. If
both Facebook and
Tumblr remain alien to your consciousness, you can
send your suggested
links/images/videos to me via email to firstname.lastname@example.org;
don’t promise that I will post ALL of your forwarded
will try, however, to see that some of them make their
way to the
QUIZZES, ATTENDANCE, and CINETREKS...
There will also be several In-class Panic-Inducing Challenges otherwise known as CHECK-YOU-DID-THE-READING QUIZZES You can expect these miserable quizzes from time to time, the number of quizzes depending on how many of you are nostalgic for high school. In other words, if everyone acts like a talented university student, we will enjoy FEW if any quizzes during our semester.
to class for each seminar session is NOT
optional--the whole point of
this class is to work together, the idea being that
we creatively and
magicly convert our
classroom into a chaotic, unpredictable, and
laboratory. Missing class,
you miss, as well, the whole point of the adventure.
So please bypass no
more than three classes during the semester--you are
any work/notes you miss when you are absent and can
PRESUME that what you
missed that day was important!
Miss MORE than three classes during the term and
your grade will decay
in an ugly way. EXAMPLES: your hard-earned A- will
morph into a B-;
your "gentleman's C" will appear on the webportal as
this class too often will be as fun as a case of
you receive any second chances in this class on the off chance you miss
a quiz, blow an assignment, or generally screwup altogether? Luckily,
your eccentric Professor is a recovering Catholic, and believes in the
wonders of absolution--from time to time we will have out-of-class
cineTREK assignments; these can be used to atone for an extra-absence,
a missed quiz, or some other lapse you may engage in during the term.
Why visit me and your GTAs during 'office hours'?
I expect you to visit me in office hours at least once during the semester. Additionally, you are encouraged and welcome to visit your GTAs. At SDSU, it's easy to fall through the cracks, to feel that you are nothing but a Red ID# or some warm pile of sentient flesh filling a seat. In order to convince you that the Professor teaching you is occasionally human, please make a point during the semester to take the time to introduce yourself in person. My office hours will be on Tuesdays before class from 9:40 to 10:40 and Thursdays from 12:30pm to around 2:30 or so in Arts and Letters 273 (if I am not there, look for me in the SDSU Press office, AL 283). If these hours are inconvenient, do not hesitate to call me at 619.594.1524 either to schedule an appointment or discuss your questions via telephone. My email address is: email@example.com