Spring 2015 Courses

This Spring 2015 Semester I will be teaching three courses, described as follows:

English 6055: Multimodal Literature in the Digital Age

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This course is concerned with multimodal literary expression in an age of digital media—a set of technologies which allow for the integrated representation of visual, textual, and aural information. The course will explore ways in which digital media can represent traditional literary texts beyond the capabilities of print by providing access to archival and manuscript materials in multimodal representations while offering new tools for their study. It will also investigate how digital media remediates and reinvents comics, placing them in conversation with born-digital genres, such as webcomics, HTML5 comics, memes, animated GIFs, and video games. The course will also survey genres of electronic literature—language-based engagements of digital media’s multimodal and programmable capabilities.

Tuesdays, from 6:30 – 9:00 pm.

Advanced undergraduate students welcomed! Contact me first.

English 3325: Modern Poetry

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This course will explore Modernism as a poetic movement with antecedents in the 19th Century, a chief lines of development during the early to mid 20th Century, a counter-movement in the second half of the 20th Century, and a poetics that continues into the 21st century, with Digital Modernism. Special attention will be given to the major works and literary schools collectively understood to be part of the Modern poetic literary movements in English and American literature.

Mondays, Wednesdays & Fridays, from 9:30 -10:20 am.

Some spots reserved for English majors. Go to English Department.

INTD 4995: Digital Humanities Internship

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This internship will provide hands-on work experience on several Digital Humanities projects I am currently developing, primarily I ♥ E-Poetry, the CELL project, the Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3, the English Department, and the Fulbright @ UPRM websites. The work will involve developing and tagging files with metadata, working on link structures, describing born-digital materials, learning how to use open-source software like WordPress to build collections, knowledge bases, and resources, preparing data sets for visualizations, developing Web resources, brochures, posters, and other related Digital Humanities work.

Meet 1.5 hours/week (TBA), work on your own 7.5 hours/week.

Enrollment by invitation only. Contact me if you’re interested.

DH Lightning Short Talk @ ASA

Here are links to the two projects I will be highlighting:

Here’s a downloadable, printable version of the I ♥ E-Poetry brochure I’ll be handing out.

I will also be presenting at the following panel:

Caucus: Digital Humanities: Scripting the Reader in Electronic Literature

Friday, November 7, 10:00 to 11:45am, Westin Bonaventure, Level 1, Los Cerritos (L1)

Here’s my slideshow:

Hope to see you there!

The Electronic Literature Collection, Volume 3

I am pleased to announce that I have been elected by the ELO Board to be part of the Editorial Collective that will produce the new volume of the Electronic Literature Collection.

The Electronic Literature Organization (ELO) has published two Electronic Literature Collections: Volume 1 in 2006 and Volume 2 in 2011 (see http://collection.eliterature.org). Both Collections have proven to be highly influential: the works they publish are among the most taught, studied, and referenced in the field.

Volume 3 (ELC3) is scheduled for publication early in 2016. I will be collaborating with a talented team of artists and scholars: Stephanie Boluk, Jacob Garbe, and Anastasia Salter. We will also have a team of prestigious international consultants who will help us create a truly global ELC3.

For more details, read the official Press Release and Call for Submissions.

Welcome 2014 English Majors

 

Welcome to the English Department at UPRM!

You are in a rich environment to cultivate yourselves into the professionals you will eventually become. Our faculty and curriculum will provide you with access to knowledge you will need to become a professional and leader in whatever career path you choose.

During your development as English Majors you will begin to make choices that shape your trajectory and unlock opportunities unique to each career path. Some of these choices are within the curriculum, such as track (literature, linguistics, and professional writing) and some are add-ons, such as Teaching or Film Certificates.

Think about opportunities beyond your coursework and what they can do for your development by enhancing your skill set. I’m talking about internships, research opportunities, and travel.

There are four important opportunities for English Majors to aim and apply for.

There are also local internship opportunities that may provide you with valuable skills and experience. While these are unpaid, you can earn credit by taking INTD 4995 for 3 credits, which would fulfill a free or recommended elective. This course allows you to take from 1-9 credits and each credit hour would entail 3 hours of work per week, so 3 credits would be 9 hours per week. These opportunities will be announced as they arise and can involve editorial work, research, digital humanities work, and more.

More importantly, these unpaid internships enhance your opportunity of getting scholarships, paid internships, admission into graduate programs, and jobs.

But that’s in your future. For now, focus on building a solid foundation for your future accomplishments. Get to know your university and department, and allow yourselves to discover your path– here with us and beyond.

Recent Interviews

In the past few months, I’ve been interviewed several times about e-literature and bots. Here are links to recently published interviews:

And here are some recent publications in which I’ve been quoted:

 

Building a Community of Bot Makers

This is an open invitation to everyone interested in the art and craft of bots to join a new community space called Bot Forum.

Its goal is to have a free and open space, moderately moderated to facilitate the sharing of tips, techniques, code, ideas, and bots.

If you encounter any issues with accessing or sharing this Bot Forum, it’s because its URL was apparently once used for evil (spam) and was blacklisted long ago. We are reclaiming it from its previously well-deserved oblivion to create a community of artistic and literary bot makers and enthusiasts.

Upon these condemned ruins of the Web we shall raise a Forum. And unlike the previous bot community I built, it won’t be in territory belonging to our Web’s Roman Empire.

Join us!

Update: the first attempt at this forum was powered by Simple Machines Forum software and it broke after two days. The bot forum is now remade using WordPress and Commons-in-a-Box.

New Digital Genres: Writing for Social Media

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On Saturday, May 24, 2014 I’ll be offering a workshop at the Southern PR TESOL conference titled “New Digital Genres: Writing for Social Media.”

This workshop will focus on teaching writing in genres developed in and for social media, such as memes, micro-narratives, Twitter fictions, netprov, and others. Participants should have Twitter accounts set up before the workshop to dedicate time to creating works in these new digital genres that favor wit, compression, and are designed for sharing.

Access the workshop document here.

Recruiting for Fall 2014 Digital Humanities Internship

I am seeking to recruit up to 15 interns to help me develop some digital humanities and Web development projects I am currently developing. These unpaid internships count as 3 credits of an elective course (a recommended elective for English majors): INTD 4995, section 001#. The projects are:

Part of the work will involve developing and tagging files with metadata, working on link structures, describing born-digital materials, learning how to use open-source software like WordPress, Drupal, and Omeka to build collections, knowledge bases, and resources, preparing data sets for visualizations using Gephi, and other related Digital Humanities activities. Another part will focus on developing resources for several websites, including I ♥ E-Poetry, the English Department website, Fulbright @ UPRM, and others.

After completing the course, students should be able to:

  1. use software like WordPress, Drupal, Omeka, and Gephi
  2. encode files according to standardized metadata schema
  3. analyze the structure of collections and knowledge bases
  4. become conversant in the discourse of Digital Humanities
  5. develop resources to contribute to the research projects

Students will need to dedicate 8 hours per week to the project, but you’ll be able to do the work wherever you like, as long as you have a computer and Internet access. We will have weekly 60 minute-long team meetings to report on progress and assign tasks.

You can take this course twice for up to 6 credits during your studies at UPRM. For more information, such as the activities being done this semester, visit my internship website.

If you’re interested, contact me (leonardo.flores@upr.edu) and enroll in INTD 4995, section 001#.

Digital Studies Courses

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I am pleased to announce the launching of a series of courses I will be teaching around a framework I’m developing on campus called digital studies. My short term goal is to develop and adapt existing courses that help develop students’ proficiency and critical thinking about the impact of digital media and technologies. My long-term goal is to develop an interdisciplinary minor that incorporates disciplines such as computer and social sciences, the arts and humanities, engineering, and business administration  to better prepare students for a world that increasingly requires academics and professionals with sophisticated digital media skills.

In order to train a cohort of digital media savvy students, I have offered the following courses this academic year:

Here’s a list of my offerings over the summer and next academic year:

  • Summer 2014:
    • Digital Writing for the Media (ENGL 3268) (see flyer)
    • This course will explore the Web as a platform for organizations to publish information, news, press releases, and other kinds of professional writing. The course will use several UPRM based organizations as case studies, and the students will develop content, Web resources, and shape their online presence as part of their class projects.
  • Fall 2014:
  • Spring 2015:

As writing courses, their goals can be easily achieved with a focus on the impact of digital media on these kinds of writing and expanding their focus to explore emergent genres.

Students interested in following me in this curricular trail should contact me, enroll in the courses, and I’ll show you how deep the rabbit hole goes…