Imagining the Internet: Fiction, Film and Theory

Lit 5937.01

Time: Wednesday, 19:00-21:45

Professor: Jillana Enteen

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Much recent fiction, film and theory portray the Internet and the World Wide Web. Sometimes cyberspace is depicted as a continuation of previous media such as television, movies or telephone, but often it is envisioned as a new frontier. This course will examine the ways in which virtual media is constructed. We will read novels such as William Gibson's Neuromancer and Kate Bornstein and Caitlin Sullivan's Nearly Roadkill, see films including Hackers and The Matrix, and read media theory that considers the potential of the Internet from the perspective of nation, race, class and gender. Our guiding questions will include the following: In what ways are these narratives shaping collective perceptions of the Internet? How have virtual technologies challenged experiences of language, gender, community and identity? While students will be expected to conduct research on the World Wide Web and participate in Internet discussions, no previous Internet experience is necessary.