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Re: Hypertext Student Essays
Shakespeare Electronic Conference, Vol. 4, No. 726.  Saturday, 6 November 1993.
From:           Tom Blackburn <
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Date:           Friday, 5 Nov 1993 09:15:23 +0000
Subject: 4.0719  Q: Hypertext Student Essays
Comment:        Re: SHK 4.0719  Q: Hypertext Student Essays
>Has anyone received a hypertext essay or any other non-traditional composition
>that has been generated on the computer in answer to an assignment in your
>Shakespeare course, whether undergraduate or graduate?  If so, I would be most
>interested to hear about the assignment and/or the submission.
Not yet, but I am hoping that this will happen in a course I will
be teaching next semester. The course, one of our introductory level
literature units, is somewhat loosely titled "Science and the Literary
Imagination." At the highest (and more or less impossible) level it
attempts to look at literary texts from a variety of periods to see if and
how changing "scientific" notions about the nature of the universe, the
nature of causation, etc., might have affected anything from ideas of
character to language and structrure. The texts thus include ones that use
science as part of the subject and a few that do not. The point, however,
in answer to your question is that this spring I intend to do some of the
above, but also to look more directly at the differences that electronic
technology may make in the idea of a text and its possibilities. This will
include hypertextual and multi-media stuff from "Shakespeare's Life and
Times" to some of the Story Space "fictions." My intention is also to
encourage students to use resources such as Hypercard and Story Space to
write their own papers. Last time around I used our campus network server
system as the medium for paper exchanges, commenting and revision--this
attempts to go a giant step further in the integration of computing
resources into a literary curriculum. I will be happy to let you know how
this works out sometime next year!
Cheers, Tom Blackburn
Department of English
Swarthmore College
Swarthmore, PA 19081-1397

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