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This class examines experimental works which challenge the form and layout of the novel as it has been traditionally conceived.  These novels combine the printed text on the page with sketches, photography, painted illustrations, avant-garde typography, pen marks and so on to foreground and problematize the idea of the book as a form of media

The class will look at historical predecessors to the intermedial novel, including the work of Lawrence Sterne, Dada, Vorticism, Concrete Poetry, Mixed Media and Marshall McLuhan.  We will be engaging with a variety of critical perspectives and artistic concepts in order to understand these works: formalism, psychoanalysis, media theory, conceptual art, Situationist practices and postmodernism.  The class aims to determine what “media-specific analyses” might be applied to these hybrid novels and what these texts indicate regarding the continuing intersection of the codex book with pop culture, mass entertainment and digital media. 

Texts include:

Danielewski, Mark Z.. House of Leaves. New York: Pantheon, 2000.

Eco, Umberto.  The Mysterious Flame of Queen Loana.  NY: Harcourt, 2005.

Foer, Jonathan Safran. Extremely Loud and Incredibly Close: A Novel. New York: Mariner Books, 2006.

Hall, Steven. The Raw Shark Texts: A Novel. New York: Canongate, 2008.

O'Malley, Bryan Lee.  Scott Pilgrim, Vol. 1: Scott Pilgrim's Precious Little Life.  Portland: Oni Press, 2004.

Phillips, Tom.  A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel.  New York: Thames & Hudson, 2005.  (optional)

Tomasula, Steve.  The Book of Portraiture.  Tallahassee: Fiction Collective 2, 2006.