Schedule

The Narrative Simulation

Syllabus as PDF.

September 26

Class canceled—I will be traveling out of town.

October 1

October 3

October 3

  • The spatial and temporal aspects of fictional worlds.
  • Christopher Nolan, Memento (2000).
  • Jonathan Nolan, "Memento Mori" (2001).
  • Jorge Luis Borges, "Tlön, Uqbar, Orbis Tertius" (1940) in Collected Fictions (1998).

October 8

  • Italo Calvino, Città invisibili [Invisible Cities] (1972). Chapters 1–5. Download PDFs of the English and Italian versions at the CCLE site under Week 2.

October 10

The World as Mind as Word

October 15

October 17

  • Schulz, The Street of Crocodiles [Sklepy cynamonowe, lit. Cinnamon Shops in Polish] (1934). Read pp. 3–40, 53–72.

Automated and Aleatory Writing

October 22

  • From the OuLiPo Compendium: pp. 14; 37–44; 111–13; 128–31; 134–38; 147–49; 154–56; 174–98.

October 24

October 29

Remediating and Mechanizing the Mind, or the Literature of Psychosis

October 31

November 5

  • Michelangelo Antonioni, Blow Up (1966).

November 7

November 12

November 14

  • Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966).

November 19

  • Thomas Pynchon, The Crying of Lot 49 (1966).

What Good Are Books?

November 21

  • Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts (2007). Chapters 1–10.

November 26

  • Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts (2007).Chapters 11–23.

November 28

University Holiday: Thanksgiving

December 3

  • Steven Hall, The Raw Shark Texts (2007). Finish the text.

December 5

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