Students: Please note that “Homework” is expected to be completed by the following class sessions (i.e. Homework listed under 1/24 will inform class work on 1/29). I’ll provide instructions for access for any **starred materials** on the schedule.

How to Read for This Class: I tend to view course reading assignments as a way to document and cite the origins of my own lines of thought on particular topics; that being said, in some cases I may assign readings that are relatively new to me, or works that run counter to my own thoughts but are otherwise of interest. I have also assigned material that I hope will generally inform your thinking in relation to major course assignments. I will often explain my motivations for assigning particular readings in class, and I’ll provide thoughts on how to approach upcoming texts, games, tools, etc. in terms of time management (I know we’re all very busy!). And I will explicitly cite and introduce particular ideas and phrases from these materials during our in-class discussions. You will never be quizzed on readings or be expected to memorize key selections: my hope is that notes taken in your course journals and ready access to digital readings (Ctrl or Cmd+F is your friend for finding particular passages!) will help improve our conversations. Suggested further readings are merely that: additional materials that may be of interest to students whose research or reading interests align with a particular cluster of discussion points.

Note: the semester schedule will be finalized on 1/29/18. In the event of revisions, you will be directly informed by me and this page will be revised.

TH 1/24 First Day of Classes

T 1/29 Interactive / Iterative Digital Storytelling in the Twenty-First Century: Bandersnatch and Twine

Readings For Today

“Duck Amuck” (Chuck Jones et al, 1953)**

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch (David Slade, Charlie Brooker, et al, 2018; exclusive to Netflix; please contact me if you don’t have access to this streaming service and we’ll figure that out)

Depression Quest (Zoe Quinn, Patrick Lindsey, and Isaac Schankler, 2013)

“Game Mechanics, Experience Design, and Affective Play” (Patrick Jagoda and Peter McDonald, The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

“Introduction” to Videogames for Humans: Twine Authors in Conversation (merritt k, 2015)**

Suggested further reading:

“The Pleasure of the Text Adventure” (Nick Montfort, Twisty Little Passages: An Approach to Interactive Fiction; 2003)**

Black Mirror: Bandersnatch could become Netflix’s secret marketing weapon” (Jesse Damiani; 2019)

“How the surprise new interactive Black Mirror came together” (Hendry, 2019; paywalled / 5 article per month limit, but it discusses the use of Twine on Bandersnatch; I’ll provide other access if interested and discuss relevant bits in class next week)

TH 1/31: Workshop (Making a Digital Story with Twine) Laptops strongly recommended!

Colossal Cave Adventure (Willie Crowther and Don Woods, 1975-77; we’re using an emulator designed by AMC as a promotional tool for the TV show Halt and Catch Fire)

Galatea (Emily Short, 2000)

Twine (Chris Klimas et al, 2009-present)

Twine stories featured in Videogames for Humans and the Interactive Fiction Database

Suggested further reading:

“Somewhere Nearby is Colossal Cave: Examining Will Crowther’s ‘Adventure’ in Code and in Kentucky” (Jerz, 2007)

T 2/5: Iterative and Interactive Digital Storytelling: What We Can Learn From Comics

Readings for Today

Nancy (Olivia Jaimes, 2018-present; read the comics via Twitter here)

-Excerpts from Syllabus: Notes from an Accidental Professor (Lynda Barry, 2014)**

“How to Read Nancy (Mark Newgarden and Paul Karasik, 1988; later revised and expanded into How To Read Nancy: The Elements of Comics in Three Easy Panels, 2017)

”22 Panels That Always Work” (Wally Wood, 1980?)**

“The Age of The Dead Statues” (Ariel Dorfman and Armand Mattelart, How to Read Donald Duck: Imperialist Ideology in the Disney Comic, 1971/2018)**

Suggested Further Reading:

”Animating an Archive: Repetition and Regeneration in Alison Bechdel’s Fun Home (Hillary Chute, Graphic Women: Life Narrative and Contemporary Comics, 2010)

“A Black and White World” (Neil Gaiman and Simon Bisley, Batman: Black and White, 1996; link to free edition that requires Amazon / Comixology login details)

”The Creator of Dinosaur Comics on How to Browse The Web Good” (Matthew Olsen and Ryan North, Digg, 2018)

”Olivia Jaimes, the Mysterious Cartoonist Behind Nancy, Gives Rare Interview” (Abraham Riseman, Vulture, 2018)

TH 2/7 Iterative and Interactive Digital Storytelling: What We Can Learn From Memes

Readings for Today

“Memes are Modern-Day Propaganda” and “Memes Counter Disinformation, Spread Awareness of Pollution in Beijing” (An Xiao Mina, excerpts from From Memes to Movements: How The World’s Most Viral Media is Changing Social Protest and Power, 2019)

”Memes and Misogynoir” (Laur M. Jackson, The Awl, 2014)

Suggested Further Reading:

”The Best Memes of 2018, According to The Verge Staff” (The Verge, 2018)

Know Your Meme

”Mini-Syllabus: Memes and Blackness” (Amber Officer-Narvasa, Entropy, 2016)

”The Political Life of Memes with An Xiao Mina” (Hrag Vartanian, Hyperallergic, 2019)

T 2/12 Iterative and Interactive Storytelling: Networked Storytelling

Readings for Today

“A Networked Public” and an additional chapter of your choice. Twitter and Tear Gas: The Power and Fragility of Networked Protest (Zeynep Tufekci, 2017)**

“A Society, Searching” and “Searching for Black Girls.” Algorithms of Oppression: How Search Engines Reinforce Racism (Safiya Umoja Noble, 2018)**

“Measuring Race on The Internet: Users, Identity, and Cultural Difference in the United States” (Lisa Nakamura, Digitizing Race: Visual Cultures of the Internet, 2007)**

Suggested Further Reading

“Is Twitter any Place for a [Black Academic] Lady?” (Marcia Chatelain, Bodies of Information: Intersectional Feminism and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

“#GirlsLikeUs: Trans advocacy and community building online” (Sarah J. Jackson, Moya Bailey, and Brooke Foucault Welles, New Media and Society, 2017)

How Kevin Kruse Became History’s Attack Dog” (Emma Pettit, The Chronicle of Higher Education, 2018; access via Brown) and @KevinMKruse (Twitter)

TH 2/14 Iterative and Interactive Storytelling: Augmented Realities

Readings for Today

Excerpts from Friending The Past: The Sense of History in the Digital Age (Alan Liu, 2018)**

“The IRL Fetish” (Nathan Jurgenson, The New Inquiry, 2012)

”Apprehending the Past: Augmented Reality, Archives, and Cultural Memory” (Victoria Szabo, The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

”The Genre of You” (Isabel Munson, Real Life, 2018)                                                   

Suggested Further Reading:

“What are the differences among virtual, augmented, and mixed reality?” (Eric Johnson, Recode, 2016)

“Stanford Journalism Program’s Guide to Using Virtual Reality for Storytelling” (Geri Migielicz and Janine Zacharia, Storybench, 2016)

“Home Is Where The Photo Booth Is: How Instagram Is Changing Our Living Spaces” (Alyssa Bereznak, The Ringer, 2019)


TH 2/21 Developing Digital Storytelling Projects

Readings for Today

“Before You Make A Thing” (Jentery Sayers, 2018)

“Building Interactive Stories” (Anastasia Salter, The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

“Making Meaning, Making Culture: How to Think about Technology and Cultural Reproduction” (Anne Balsamo,  The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

T 2/26 Audio Storytelling: The Age of The Podcast

“Approaching Sound” (Tara Rodgers, The Routledge Companion to Media Studies and Digital Humanities, 2018)**

“Sound” (Josh Kun, Keywords for American Cultural Studies, 2007-present)

“The Walkman Effect” (Shuhei Hosokawa, Popular Music, 1984)**

“New Food for iPods: Audio by Subscription” (Cyrus Farivar, New York Times, 2004)

Suggested Further Reading

“History on the Download: Podcasting the Past” (Sadie Bergen, Perspectives on History [AHA], 2016)

“Podcasting Historical Timeline and Milestones” (International Podcast Day, 2018)

“Podcasts in American Studies” (H-Net)

TH 2/28 Audio Storytelling: From Oral Histories to Multimodal Storytelling

Readings for Today

“Gateways to Newark” (Talking Eyes and DreamPlay Media, Newest Americans, 2016)

Mapping Indigenous LA: Place-Making Through Digital Storytelling (Maylei Blackwell, Mishuana Goeman, Wendy Teeter, et al, UCLA)

Public Secrets (Sharon Daniel and Erik Loyer, Vectors Journal, 2008)

The Roaring Twenties (Emily Thompson and Scott Mahoy, Vectors Journal, 2013)

Suggested Further Reading

Oral History in the Digital Age (Various Contributors, Michigan State University / IMLS, 2012)

“WBUR Oral History Project” (Various Contributors, Our Marathon: The Boston Bombing Digital Archive, 2013-14)

“Telling Stories: A Reflection on Oral History and New Media” (Steven High, Oral History, 2010)**

Putting Oral History on the Map” (Andrew Shaffer, OUPBlog, 2016)

T 3/5 Audio Storytelling Workshop

TH 3/7 Audio Storytelling: Hyperlocal Histories

Readings for Today

Providence’s Chinatown (Angela Feng and Julieanne Fontana. 2018)

68 Blocks (Various, Boston Globe, 2012)

“We Came and Stayed: Coyt Jones/Ras Baraka” (Ashley Gilbertson, Ed Kashi, Julie Winokur, Newest Americans, 2015)

Hollow – An Interactive Documentary (Elaine McMillion Sheldon, 2013)

Suggested Further Reading

“Secrets from Belfast” (Beth McMurtrie, Chronicle of Higher Education, 2014)

T 3/12 Audio Storytelling and Providence

Readings for Today

-Excerpts from Crimetown: Season One (Marc Smerling and Zac Stuart-Pontier, Gimlet Media, 2016-17)

-Excerpts from Rhode Tour (Rhode Island Council for the Humanities, Rhode Island Historical Society, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities)

-Excerpts from Now Here This

Suggested Further Reading

Rhode Latino Voices (Marta Martínez et al, 2016)

Fox Point Oral History Project (Anne Valk et al, John Nicholas Brown Center for Public Humanities, 2008-; original project site here)

TH 3/14 Audio Storytelling Workshop

T 3/19 Audio Storytelling: Sampling and other Found Sounds

Readings for Today

“Performing Zora: Critical Ethnography, Digital Sound, and Not Forgetting.” (Myron M. Beasley, Digital Sound Studies, 2018)**

“Planet Rock” from The Grey Album: On The Blackness of Blackness (Kevin Young, 2012)**

“‘Summoned By Aliens’: How the Beastie Boys, Pete Rock, Q-Tip, and Others Changed Rap Music with The Pause-Tape” (Gino Sorcinelli, Micro-Chop, 2016)

“Anatomy of a Sample: The Legal Complexities Behind Hip-Hop’s Creative Backbone” (Cherie Hu, Billboard, 2018)

Suggested Further Reading

Lemonade (Beyoncé, 2016)

Shades of Blue (Madlib, 2003)

“Frontier Psychiatrist” (The Avalanches, 2000)

Endtroducing(DJ Shadow, 1996)3 Feet High and Rising (De La Soul, 1989)

“John Kannenberg on The Museum of Portable Sound (Ruby Thiagarajan and John Kannenberg, Public Work, 2018)

TH 3/21 Audio Storytelling: Editing / Recording / Research Day



T 4/2 Digital Storytelling and Archives (with Hannah Alpert-Abrams, Postdoctoral Fellow at the John Carter Brown Library)

Readings for Today

“The Transnational and the Text-Searchable: Digitized Sources and the Shadows They Cast” (Lara Putnam, The American Historical Review, 2016)**

The GAM Digital Archive Project

“The Passamaquoddy Reclaim Their Culture Through Digital Repatriation” (E. Tammy Kim, The New Yorker, 2019)**

Suggested Further Reading

“Critical Digital Archives” (Hannah Alpert-Abrams and Kelly McDonough, Course Site, 2018)

“Seismic Shifts: On Archival Facts and Fictions” (Jarrett Drake, 2018)

“Preserving Social Media Records of Activism” (Bergis Jules, On Archivy, 2015)

“All My Blogs Are Dead” (Carter Maness, The Awl, 2015)

TH  4/4 “Activating Archives” (with Tim Raphael, Newest Americans; Rutgers-Newark)

Readings for Today

Excerpts from Newest Americans

#metoo Digital Media Collection at The Schlesinger Library

“Native to the Device: Thoughts on Digital Indigenous Studies” (Joanna Hearne, Studies in American Indian Literatures, 2017)**

Suggested Further Reading

“‘What We Do Crosses over to Activism’: The Politics and Practice of Community Archives” (Marika Cifor, Michelle Caswell, Alda Allina Migoni, Noah Geraci, The Public Historian, 2018)**


“Animating the Archive” (Jeffrey Schnapp, First Monday, 2008)

U.S. National Archives on GIPHY“GIF It Up” (Digital Public Library of America, 2014-18)

T 4/9 Digital Project Check-In Day / Workshopping

TH 4/11 Data-Oriented Storytelling: Maps and Absences

Readings for Today

“Data” (Melissa Gregg and Dawn Nafus, Keywords for Media Studies, 2017)**

Excerpts from Silencing The Past: Power and the Production of History (Michel Rolph-Trouillot, 1997)**

“Mapping Segregated Histories of Racial Violence” (Monica Muñoz Martinez, American Quarterly, 2018)**

Suggested Further Reading

“Comping White” (Laura McGrath, LA Review of Books, 2019)

Apartheid Heritages: A Spatial History of South Africa’s Townships (Angel David Nieves, 2006-present)

“Flowchart of the Declaration of the Occupation of NYC” (Rachel Schragis, Justseeds Artists’ Cooperative, 2011)

“On Rational, Scientific, Objective Viewpoints from Mythical, Imaginary, Impossible Standpoints” (Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, Data Feminism, 2019 [Chapter Draft])

T 4/16 Data-Oriented Storytelling Workshop

Readings for Today

Documenting The Now

Excerpts from Dear Data (Giorgia Lupi and Stefanie Posavec, 2016)

”Feminist Data Visualization” (Catherine D’Ignazio and Lauren Klein, 2016 IEEE VIS Conference)**

“‘facts and FACTS’: Abolitionists’ Database Innovations” (Ellen Gruber Garvey, Raw Data” is an Oxymoron, 2013)

Suggested Further Reading

“The Hermeneutics of Data and Historical Writing” (Fred Gibbs and Trevor Owens, Writing History in the Digital Age, 2013)

“Against Cleaning” (Katie Rawson and Trevor Muñoz, 2016)

TH 4/18 Data-Oriented Storytelling: Surveillance

Readings for Today

“Markup Bodies: Black [Life] Studies and Slavery [Death] Studies at the Digital Crossroads” (Jessica Marie Johnson, Social Text, 2018)**

“Habits of Leaking: Of Sluts and Network Cards” (Wendy Hui Kyong Chun and Sarah Friedland, differences, 2015)**

“All Eyes on The Border” (Shannon Mattern, Places, 2018)

Suggested Further Reading

Excerpts from We Are Data: Algorithms and the Making of Our Digital Selves (John Cheney-Lippold, 2017)

Quantifying Kissinger (Micki Kaufman, 2012-18)

T 4/23 Digital Project Development Check-In Day / Workshopping

TH 4/25 Digital Project Development Check-In-Day / Workshopping

T 4/30 Academic Forms of Digital Storytelling

Readings for Today

“The Postcolonial Digital Record” (Roopika Risam, New Digital Worlds: Postcolonial Digital Humanities in Theory, Praxis, and Pedagogy, 2018)**

Excerpts from Feminist in a Software Lab: Difference + Design (Tara McPherson, 2018)**

“Generative Tensions: Building a Digital Project on Early African American Race Film” (Miriam Posner and Marika Cifor, American Quarterly, 2018)**

Torn Apart / Separados

Suggested Further Readings

Around DH in 80 Days

Debates in the Digital Humanities

TH 5/2 Professional Contexts for Digital Storytelling / Digital Project Check-In

T 5/7 Digital Storytelling Project Presentations (Audio Projects)