last! in-class discussion questions on computer-generated poetry

  1. What’s at stake in Tristan Tzara’s “How to make a Dadaist poem“? What is he advocating for? What is he trying to disrupt?
  2. Now take a look at the first computer generated poem by Erin Mouré that I had you read for homework – how is the Tzara poem different from this?
  3. To what extent does a work have to be created with a particular intention in order to be called art? Is randomly generated poetry “poetry” proper?
    1. Does the means by which the poem has been created (scraps of paper versus a computer program) make any difference? Does it change the meaning or significance of the work?
    2. Are you able to glean meaning from the Mouré poems?
    3. Is there a way to see these poems as just as meaningful as poems that have been carefully crafted, with the author having a clear intention for each word?

in class discussion questions on YHCHI

  1. Why has YHCHI deliberately chosen to make their work non-interactive? Or, are they trying to get us to think more expansively about what interactivity is and whether it is as necessarily “good” as we might tend to believe?
  2. Why have they deliberately chosen a clean, even bland and uniform aesthetic for their works? Is there some connection between the content (or the story you watched unfold in “Dakota”) and the form of their work?

questions to help you read “Twelve Blue” and “The Jew’s Daughter”

  1. How does the text attempt to be “of” the web?
  2. How is the text exploring the unique affordances of the hypertext link?
  3. How does the text attempt to depart from print-based assumptions about what constitutes a text, an author, a reader?
  4. What is the text about? Can you provide a reading of it? If you cannot interpret it in the same way you would a print-based text, how do you interpret this text?
  5. If the text is trying to explore what a truly born-digital literary work could be, what is an appropriate interpretative response that is also born-digital?

in class peer review

Here are questions to ask yourself as you read through each other’s papers:

  1. Does the paper have a title, thesis and blueprint along the lines of what we’ve discussed in class?
  2. Does this paper have a compelling thesis/blueprint?
  3. Is the paper clearly and logically organized from sentence to sentence and from paragraph to paragraph?
  4. Are all claims well supported with outside evidence, quotes etc.?
  5. Does the paper cite appropriate, scholarly sources?
  6. Is the paper clearly and artfully written?