ENGL 667 Infrastructure Tales Narrative, Persuasion, and the Built Environment of Modernity
ENGL 667 Infrastructure Tales Narrative, Persuasion, and the Built Environment of Modernity

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Course Schedule

How To Read This Schedule: All readings will be completed before class on the date on which they are assigned. Anything in bold is work to be completed before class and brought with you on the day listed. Paper due dates, also in bold, indicate that the completed manuscript of your paper must be in the correct dropbox on eCampus before class starts on the day indicated.

Week 1 What Is Infrastructure?

Week 2 Why Storytelling?

Thu 01/25

Week 4 How Does Rhetoric Circulate?

Thu 02/08

Week 6 What Becomes of the Polis?

Thu 02/22

Week 7 What Else Could Have Been?

Thu 03/01

Week 8 Why Do Technologies Fail?

Thu 03/08

  • Bruno Latour, Aramis
  • Benjamin Bratton, “Interface Layer” in The Stack alt

Week 9

Thu 03/15

No Class

Spring Break

Week 10 How Does Infrastructure Shape Writing?

Thu 03/22

Week 11 What is a Book Review?

Thu 03/29

  • Book Review Day!
  • Rough Book Report Due
  • Bring Four Print Copies To Class

Week 12 Is Infrastructure Exciting?

Thu 04/05

  • Ridley Scott, The Martian
  • Final Book Report Due

Week 13 Who Builds the Future?

Thu 04/12

Week 14 Where is the New Politics?

Thu 04/19

  • Anna Watkins Fisher, “User Be Used”
  • Gabriella Coleman, Hacker, Hoaxer, Whistleblower, Spy
  • Benjamin Bratton, “The Black Stack” in The Stack alt

Week 15 What do you think?

Thu 04/26

  • Conference Presentations