Spring 2016: The Future of Fiction

This page is for students at Weber State University who are interested in learning more about my course:

English 3750

The Future of Fiction: Literature from Print to Touchscreen

M/W/F, 11:30 – 12:20

Explore some of the texts from the READING LIST below:

The Familiar by Mark Z. Danielewski


A new novel by Mark Z. Danielewski, author of the best-selling House of Leaves.  Danielewski is well known for his creative experiments using the visual layout of the page to tell immersive stories. The story of a girl and her cat,  The Familiar will emerge over the course of 27 volumes, each one like an episode in a TV show.

S. by J. J. Abrams and Doug Dorst

In S., two readers explore the mysteries surrounding an old novel. Their story emerges as they write in the margins and pass notes and documents to each other through the book.

 Galerie de Difformité by Gretchen Henderson

http://difformite.files.wordpress.com/2009/11/exhibitl-yijoannadai5.jpg(Reader “deformance” of the novel  — Source)

Part novel and part museum, Galerie asks its readers to “deform” it, transforming it into a work of art as they navigate the hypertextual story. What, Henderson asks, is the relationship between the body of the book and the body of the reader?

You can view a gallery of some of the book-art pieces that Henderson’s previous readers have created here.

Strange Rain by Erik Loyer

Strange Rain is an iPad app that uses images, music, and touch to create a meditative  environment, in which the user can explore the concrete poetry of the rain or a story about a character standing in the rain in the middle of a crisis.

These are just a few of the innovative literary works we will read in the course.


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