Writing with Media
Writing +: Writing with Media
ENGL 90900-01 / 40900-02
DeBartolo Hall 335
TR 12:30 - 01:45 PM
Dr. Steve Tomasula
Office: 324 Decio. Hours: T & TH 2:00-2:45 and by appointment.
Office Phone: 631-7647; Home: 312-402-2646; e-mail: Steve.Tomasula@nd.edu
Lab TA: Ryan Taylor <Ryan.M.Taylor.email@example.com>
“Writing+” is a hybrid creative writing and literary course centered on poetry and narratives that use words, sound and images to create literary, aesthetic experience. One part literary reading, one part creative writing, this class will study literature that incorporates imagery, sound, and other non-textual materials by asking students to write fiction, poetry or criticism that incorporates imagery, sounds, and other non-textual materials as an inherent part of its message. That is, the class will move through a range of literary art forms, from graphic novels to electronic literature. Along the way, students will be asked to respond to the works read in class by designing and writing either hybrid image-text fiction, poetry, creative non-fiction, or hybrid critical narratives, using the authoring tools of this hybrid literature. Rudimentary familiarity with basic authoring tools like a pencil & paper, a camera, PowerPoint, Photoshop, Dreamweaver, iMovie, Scalar, Gimp, Adobe Voice (for iPad) or html programming helps, but is not required. Collaborative work is encouraged, though not expected.
Assignments: Short graphic story; 2 major projects; Read and be ready to discuss all works on schedule.
(Does Not Include e-lit and work to be passed out in class)
Excerpts from Raw Vol. 2, No. 1: "Open Wounds from the Cutting Edge of Commix". Art Spiegelman, ed. (Penguin Books)
Tom Phillips, A Humument: A Treated Victorian Novel (Fifth or Sixth Edition). (Thames & Hudson)
Jen Bervin, Nets. (Ugly Duckling Press)
Anne Carson, Nox. (New Directions; Slp edition)
Claudia Rankine, Citizen: An American Lyric. (Graywolf Press)
Art Spiegelman, Maus, Vol. 1: A Survivor’s Tale. (Pantheon)
Please note, you may be able to get Vol. 1 & 2 together for the same price, but we’ll only discuss Vol. 1.)
Joe Sacco, Palestine. (Fantagraphics).
Paul Auster, City of Glass graphic novel and text-only version. (Penguin)
City of Glass: The Graphic Novel adaptation by Paul Karasik and David Mazzucchelli. (Picador)
Franz Kafka, Metamorphose (graphic novel adaptation by Peter Kuper).
Graham Rawle, Women’s World (Counterpoint). [you may need to order in advance to get a used copy]
Salvador Placencia, People of Paper (Mariner Books)
Resources & Supplemental Reading
Johanna Drucker, Against Fiction (In Rare Book Room)
Primo Levi, “Carbon” (from The Periodic Table). Illustrated by Yosuke Taki. (In Rare Book Room).
Illya Szilak, Queerskins: A Novel (online interactive) / Queerskins: A Love Story (VR story under development).
Guillermo Gómez-Peña, Enrique Chagoya, and Felicia Rice, Codex Espangliensis: From Columbus to the Border Patrol.
Design, Storyboarding, Theory
Edward R. Tufte, Envisioning Information.
Edward R. Tufte, Beautiful Evidence.
Scott McCloud, Understanding Comics.
Alison Gibbons, Ed., Multimodality, Cognition, and Experimental Literature.
Francis Glebas, Directing the Story: Professional Storytelling and Storyboarding Techniques for Live Action and Animation.
W.J.T. Mitchell, What Do Pictures Want?
Johanna Drucker, A Century of Artist Books
Johanna Drucker, Graphesis: Visual Forms of Knowledge Production
University of Notre Dame Remix Resources
CDS (Center for Digital Scholarship)
One-Button at Hesburg Library: Virtual Tour:
One Button Studio App: http://onebutton.psu.edu/
Comic Making Apps
Graphic Design App (web pages, video narrative)
Wordpress at ND: https://websites.nd.edu/
AV Resources, Software, Apps, Tutorials
Stock Video/Images/Audio for sale
Overview using After Effects to create an animatic:
Using iMovie to make an animatic.
Brief overview on making an animatic in iMovie:
Using Key Frames in iMovie: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iy_bUYT8V14#t=351.689437
Use iMoive to animate still photos:
Stop Motion Animation
Simple cut outs & iMovie
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ipE3nCjI0IU (2 min. tutorial on stop-motion & iMovie)
White board animation with iMovie
Missing Stick Man animation using cutouts and photos & iMovie
[simple stop motion example, but no words): https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ByGq-EdQ2L0