EL2096 - From Gutenberg to Google: Transformations in Text, Technology, and Culture
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||College of Arts, Society & Education
When Johannes Gutenberg revolutionized the printing press by introducing moveable
type in the fifteenth century, he set off a series of cultural transformations that
continue to be felt today. By tracing the impact of technological innovations (e.g.
moveable type, the steam press, the telegraph, radio, film, television and the internet)
alongside developments in authorship, copyright, literary studies and publishing,
students will develop a broad and applied understanding of texts and their contexts
in a wide range of printed material, including the work of both famous and forgotten
authors. Students will explore the ways technological innovation shapes our understanding
of texts from the past as well as the people who write, read, and interpret them.
They will also get hands-on experience with old and new technologies and media. Special
attention will be paid to technological developments in Australian and regional contexts
by working with the Trove and AustLit databases to engage students with the position
their region has taken within the transnational processes of technological and cultural
- identify the role of technology and new media within history;
- analyse the interplay of our tropical region with historical developments in a world
- demonstrate an understanding of fundamental approaches to print culture studies;
- investigate links between literary studies and the fields of information science,
computer science, communications, and media studies;
- evaluate and link findings about primary sources to a wider body of research;
- integrate the use of digital tools in the location, sorting, and presentation of research.
- tutorial attendance and participation (10%)
- multidraft Essays (35%)
- digital annotations (30%)
- quizzes (25%).
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