Undergraduate Courses, Summer 2015

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Lower Division (1000–2000) Special Content Courses, Summer Session A

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Summer 2015, Lower Division, Special Content

Summer A

ENG 1131

Writing Through Media: Remix and Remediation

Shannon Butts

In popular terms, a Remix alters elements of a song to create something new while still retaining aspects of the original. Likewise, a Remediation changes a form or method of transmission, but often attempts to stay true to a narrative or argument. Yet, how does a Kanye song change when remixed in response to a Taylor Swift moment? What influence does Google have in “algorithmix” composition of poetry? How have limits of 140 characters and concepts like “un-friending” altered the way we communicate, commodify, and compose? And how is technology changing the way audiences understand and access various forms of information, in turn facilitating new forms of authorship and commentary?

Working with various print, digital, aural, visual, and experiential texts, this class will analyze how remixing and remediation alters both form and content, working through changes in production, circulation, and reception. Beginning with basic principles of rhetorical analysis, the course will address methods of argument and organization, tracing the roles of author, audience, form, and style. Students will then work to understand how form and style both centralize and de-center media, acting as a driving force of production embedded in a specific culture, content, and context. Ideas of transition and adaptation will challenge interpretations of the “creative” and “original” as students remix and remediate classic works as well as their own “new” media.

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