Using this Schedule

Schedule Organization

With a few marked exceptions, our class is organized by weeks, each with assigned readings and a lab. Each week’s readings should be prepared (and the class prep for them committed to your fieldbook) prior to the first class of their respective week, which is generally a Monday. Typically we will devote one day largely to discussion of readings and one to our lab activities, though in any given week this precise organization may shift or blend. You should expect discussion of readings to continue into our lab activities. Labs are generally held in our regular classroom, but there will be a few times during the semester when we will meet in a place called out on the schedule.

Accessing Readings

The majority of our readings will be available online or through a digital course packet in Leganto. The first time you wish to access items from Leganto you will need to log in through Blackboard (the only time we’ll use it this semester), but thereafter the direct links in the schedule should work. If you switch to a new computer or device you may need to log in through Blackboard once.


Preface ☛ Medium

September 4

Prep (together):

Chapter One ☛ Inscription

September 9 & 11


Lab 1 → Mark(it all)down

Chapter Two ☛ Literacy

September 16 & 18


Lab 2 → Programming Literature

Chapter Three ☛ Type

September 23 & 25


Lab 3 → Letterpress I: Composition

Chapter Four ☛ Press

September 30 & October 2


Lab 4 → Letterpress II: Presswork

October 3

Extra-Credit Lab → Dragon Prayer Book

Participate in the Dragon Prayer Book Exhibit kick-off workshop with Professor Erika Boeckeler in Snell Library, 11am-1pm, and write it up in the standard lab report format.

Chapter Five ☛ Image

October 7


  • William Blake, The Marriage of Heaven and Hell (1790)
    • This is a long work and I don’t expect you to read all of it. Read closely through page/object 10 in one edition (through “Proverbs of Hell”) and then compare those first 10 pages with 2 additional editions.
  • Joseph Viscomi, “Illuminated Printing”
  • Amaranth Borsuk, “The Book as Idea” from The Book (2018)

Lab 5 → Illuminating the Text

Chapter Six ☛ Archive

October 9 & 16


Meet in the Northeastern Archives & Special Collections, 92 Snell Library (in the basement) on Wednesday, October 9

No class October 14 ☛ Indigenous Peoples Day

Meet in the lobby of the Massachusetts Historical Society (1154 Boylston Street) at 3pm on Wednesday, October 16

Lab 6 → Into the Archive

Chapter Seven ☛ Format

October 21 & 23


  • Jane Austen, Letters to her sister Cassandra (these are in order so you can read down from the first link to the next two letters):
  • Charles W. Chesnutt, “Baxter’s Procustes” (1904)
  • Leah Price, “Reading on the Move,” “Interleaf: Please Lay Flat,” and “Prescribed Reading” from What We Talk About When We Talk About Books (2019)

Lab 7 → Book Binding

Chapter Eight ☛ Sensation

October 28


Lab 8 → Multisensory Reading

Interlude ☛ Dead Media Posters

October 30

Chapter Nine ☛ Algorithm

November 4 & 6


Lab 9 → Text as Data

No class November 11 ☛ Veterans’ Day

Chapter Ten ☛ Corpus

November 13


Lab 10 → Corpus Analysis

Chapter Eleven ☛ Assemblage

November 18 & 20


  • Pagan Kennedy, “Prologue,” “Back to Pagan,” “Pagan’s Discovered to be Seventh Partridge,” and “Epilogue” from ‘Zine (1995)
  • Zine Librarians Code of Ethics (2015)
  • Erin Dorney, “6 Styles of Erasure Poetry”
  • Amaranth Borsuk, “The Book as Interface” from The Book (2018)

Lab 11 → Zine You Around

Chapter Twelve ☛ Circuit

November 25

Makeup from earlier lab

Lab 10 → Corpus Analysis

Thanksgiving Break

November 27-December 1

Chapter Thirteen ☛ Memory

December 2 & 4


Lab 12 → Electronic Literature

Presentations → Unessay Projects