Outline, Tentative Sources | MEmorial

In MEmorial on 1 February 2011 at 12:44 am

I. Narratology, and the theories of humans as “story-telling beings”;

A. Walter Fisher’s “Narrative Paradigm Theory”

B. Humans organize and communicate by telling stories.

At heart, humans tell stories.

Brooks, Peter. Reading for the Plot: Design and Intention in Narrative. New York: A.A. Knopf, 1984. Print.

Fisher, Walter R. Human Communication as Narration: Toward a Philosophy of Reason, Value, and Action. Columbia, SC: University of South Carolina, 1989. Print.

II. “Ages”

A. Orality

1. Based on speech, images, etc.
2. Collective identity

B. Literacy

1. Based on the printed word;
2. Individual experience / identity

C. Electracy (post-literacy)

1. Based on words, the “screen,” images, on “feel”
2. Balance between collective and individual

Discuss the progression through the three eras.

Barthes, Roland, and Richard Howard. Critical Essays; Tr. from the French by Richard Howard. Evanston: Northwestern UP, 1977. Print.

Barthes, Roland. The Rustle of Language. New York: Hill and Wang, 1986. Print.

Cixous, Helene. Three Steps on the Ladder of Writing. New York: Columbia UP, 1993. Print.

Heidegger, Martin, and David Farrell. Krell. Basic Writings: from Being and Time (1927) to The Task of Thinking (1964). San Francisco: Harper, 1993. 307-41. Print.

Lanham, Richard A. The Economics of Attention: Style and Substance in the Age of Information. Chicago: University of Chicago, 2006. Print.

Ong, Walter J. (1986). “Writing is a technology that restructures thought.” In Gerd Baumann (Ed.), The written word (pp. 23-50). Oxford, UK: Clarendon Press.

Plato. Phaedrus. London: Penguin, 2005. Print.

III. Ulmer’s Electracy: Ulmer is a theorist who writes about writing in post-literacy, emphasizing several elements of Internet culture.

A. Chora

B. Imagery / Iconography

C. Community

1. EmerAgency: A new community / forum

2. Netizens: electrate citizens

D. y-condition: The merging of forms

E. Relational: an intimate connection with the writer, as opposed to an “unbiased” approach.

Discuss how Ulmer’s EmerAgency connects with orality and literacy, and strikes a balance.

Hollier, Denis, and Betsy Wing. The College of Sociology. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 1988. Print.

Martin, Elizabeth. Architecture as a Translation of Music. New York: Princeton Architectural, 1994. Print.

Mitchell, W. J. T. Iconology: Image, Text, Ideology. Chicago: University of Chicago, 1987. Print.

Ulmer, Gregory L. Electronic Monuments. Minneapolis: University of Minnesota, 2005. Print.

Ulmer, Gregory L. Internet Invention: from Literacy to Electracy. New York: Longman, 2003. Print.

IV. Ulmer’s MEmorial: how we give memorialize events in electracy

A. Goal

1. Create space for public discourse

2. Testify about tragic events

B. Tragedy in general

Kirby, Michael, and Jim Dine. “The Car Crash.” Happenings. New York: Dutton, 1965. 184-99. Print.

Zizek, Slavoj. Welcome to the Desert of the Real!: Five Essays on 11 September and Related Dates. London: Verso, 2002. Print.

V. MEmorial: Gulf Oil Spill

I am going to test Ulmer’s MEmorial project by looking at the 2010 Gulf Oil Spill.

A. Explicate MEmorial

B. Critique Ulmer’s electracy / MEmorial in light of my own.

I am collecting articles for the MEmorial here.


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