Teaching My First Class (feedback wanted!)

Repetition and (New) Media: Remember, Replay, Remix

Blurb:
This class explores the phenomenon of repetition theoretically by placing it into a historical trajectory of media repetition from memory to film, video games, and Internet memes. Writings include response papers, and a drafted final paper. Syllabus upon request.

Syllabus:
Part 1: What is Repetition?
Week 1 – Monday: Repetition Defined

  • in class 15 writing exercise: write a definition of repetition; give an example of repetition

Week 1 – Wednesday:

  • Sturken and Cartwright – Practices of Looking Chapter 5: Visual Technologies, Image Reproduction, and the Copy (xxx-xxx)

Week 2 – Monday: Re – mix, -run, -play, -produce, -present, etc

  • Benjamin – Work of Art in the age of Mechanical Reproduction

Week 2 – Wednesday:

  • Hall – Representation, Meaning and Language (15-64)

Week 3 – Monday: Adaptation (and Translation)

  • Venuti – Adaptation, Translation, Critique (Journal of Visual Culture – 25-43)

Week 3 – Wednesday:

  • Austen – Pride and Prejudice
  • Pride and Prejudice (2005 film)
  • Austen and Grahame-Smith – Pride and Prejudice and Zombies

Week 4 – Monday: Phenomenology – Can things ever be repeated?

  • ???Merleu-Ponty???
  • ???Henri Bergson???

Week 4 – Wednesday:

Week 5 – Monday: New Media or New Turns? – Are we in another change? / We are in another change

  • Manovich – Language of New Media – What Is New Media? (19-61)
    • question and critique in class

Week 5 – Wednesday:

Part 2: “Old” Media Repetition
Week 6 – Monday: Memory and Writing

  • Manguel – History of Reading – Book of Memory (55-65)
  • Landsberg – Prosthetic Memory (Introduction and Chapter 1) (1-45)

Week 6 – Wednesday: Painting and Art

  • Ni Zan imitation article
  • Who the #$& Is Jackson Pollack (film)

Week 7 – Monday: Television

  • Kompare – Rerun Nation (selections)

Week 7 – Wednesday:

Part 3: New Turns With Newer Media
Week 8 – Monday: Film

  • Klinger – Beyond the Metroplex – Remembrance of Films Past (91-134), and Once is Not Enough (135-190)

Week 8 – Wednesday:

  • Jenkins – Convergence Culture – Quentin Tarantino’s Star Wars? (135-173)

Week 9 – Monday: Music – Remix Culture

  • Cutler – “Plunderphonics” in Music, Electronic Media and Culture (87-114)
  • Harrison – Amen Break – http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5SaFTm2bcac

Week 9 – Wednesday:

  • Lessig – Remix (23-114)

Week 10 – Monday: Games – Replays and Replaying (in different spaces)

  • Home Playing
  • Speed Runs
  • Pro leagues
  • Cory Arcangel

Week 10 – Wednesday: Memes, they’re everywhere!

  • Know Your Meme – Repetition and Copyright
    • All Your Base – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/all-your-base-are-belong-to-us#.Tho2U-BUVMs
    • LOLCats – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/lolcats#.Tho1HeBUVMs
    • Keyboard Cat – Play Him Off – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/keyboard-cat#.Tho38OBUVMs
    • Downfall/Hitler – take down notices – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/downfall-hitler-reacts#.Tho59-BUVMs
    • Philosoraptor – CC License – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/philosoraptor#.ThpAvuBUVMs
    • Over 9000 – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/its-over-9000#.Tho6A-BUVMs
    • Peanut Butter Jelly Time – 5 elements – http://knowyourmeme.com/memes/downfall-hitler-reacts#.Tho59-BUVMs
  • Mifflin – The Joy of Repetition, Repetition, Repetition – http://www.nytimes.com/1997/08/03/tv/the-joy-of-repetition-repetition-repetition.html

Writing Projects:

  • Response paper (3-5 pages) – Pick one reading that you feel strongly about (either positively or negatively) and respond to it. Summarize the main points, then (depending on your positive/negative response) critique or support the article with your response, then expand upon the article in some way.
  • In class response essay (30 minutes) – What does this clip have to do with repetition?
  • Final Paper (2 part cycle) – pick topic
    • Outline – feedback given
    • Final Paper – Due during the final

 

One thought on “Teaching My First Class (feedback wanted!)”

  1. For your meme week, I would recommend using Patrick Davison’s The Language of Internet Memes. It is from The Social Media Reader (forthcoming NYU Press, edited by yours truly) but I will send you a manuscript copy to use. It is really the only reading to theorize Internet memes. It is good that you are using KYM, though, as they have done the most historical/theoretical work on memes, actually. KYM, and Patrick and Mike Rugnetta’s Memefactory.

    I would also use one of the KYM videos that feature Patrick, so as to show your students that YouTube/video is a viable route towards doing real scholarly work, that is also really entertaining. I think he is in Over 9000! but in the background.

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