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Instructor Info:Daniel Block
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Term: 2014S
Meeting Info: Monday Wednesday
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
01:00 PM - 02:20 PM Franklin Patterson Hall (FPH) 108
Description: This course investigates the eighteenth-century explosion of print from a new media perspective. From Swift's alarm at the deluge of hack writers to Austen's interest in characters who confuse a gothic novel for news reporting the outbreak of revolution, the seminar investigates anxiety surrounding writing's capacity to change identities, social formations, and power relations. In order to make sense of Byron's ambivalence about the "small drop of ink. which makes thousands, perhaps millions, think," the course explores the history of discomfort with the culture of print and its technology of writing. Today a similar kind of uneasiness is on the rise as the internet obliges readers to become writers themselves through email, social networking, wikis, blogs, and the like. Given our heightened awareness about the impact of social media, the course juxtaposes past and present concerns about what text does to us.