questions to guide your peer review

  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 it 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 it avoid making general claims about all humans, people, society, time, space, place, technology, children, adults, etc.?
  6. Does the paper cite appropriate, scholarly sources?
  7. Is the paper clearly and artfully written?

small group discussion questions on Tzara and Moure

  1. What’s at stake in Tristan Tzara’s poem? What is he advocating for?
  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?
    1. 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?
    2. 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?
    3. Are you able to glean meaning from the Mouré poems?
    4. 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?

small group work questions on “Twelve Blue”

  1. How does the text attempt to be “of” the web rather than of print or of the book?
  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?